New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: Just 15 days after witnessing the second Lunar Eclipse of the year 2020, people across the world on Sunday witnessed the first Solar Eclipse of 2020. The Solar Eclipse -- which occurs only when the earth, sun and moon come in a straight line and the moon blocks the sun's rays from reaching the earth -- was observed in several parts of the world, including India, Pakistan, China, Central African Republic, Congo, Ethiopia and north of Australia.

The Solar Eclipse, which occured on International Yoga Day and 'Summer Solstice' or the longest day of the year in northern hemisphere, began at 9.15 am and was at its maximum extent at 12.15 pm. According to timeanddate.com, the first Solar Eclipse of 2020 will end at 3:04 pm.

Timings of Solar Eclipse 2020 in New Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru, Mumbai:

Solar eclipse Delhi timings:

Partial Eclipse Begins: 10:20 am

Maximum Eclipse: 12:01 pm

Partial Eclipse Ends: 1:48 pm

Duration: 3 hours, 29 minutes

Solar eclipse Kolkata timings

Partial Eclipse Begins: 10:46 am

Maximum Eclipse: 12:35 pm

Partial Eclipse Ends: 2:17 pm

Duration: 3 hours, 31 minutes

Solar eclipse Mumbai timings

Partial Eclipse Begins: 10 am

Maximum Eclipse: 11:37 am

Partial Eclipse Ends: 1:27 pm

Duration: 3 hours, 27 minutes

Solar eclipse Chennai timings

Partial Eclipse Begins: 10:22 am

Maximum Eclipse: 11:59 am

Partial Eclipse Ends: 1:41 pm

Duration: 3 hours, 20 minutes

Solar eclipse Bangalore timings

Partial Eclipse Begins: 10:12 am

Maximum Eclipse: 11:47 am

Partial Eclipse Ends: 1:31 pm

Duration: 3 hours, 19 minutes

Earlier in the day, the Ministry of Science and Technology had also said that the annular phase of the Solar Eclipse, which was also called the "ring of fire", will end at 2.02 pm while the partial phase of the eclipse will end at 3.04 pm.

The Ministry of Science and Technology had also said that people living along the path annular eclipse passing through Anupgarh, Suratgarh, Sirsa, Jakhal, Kurukshetra, Yamunanagar, Dehradun, Tapowan and Joshimath will be able to see the annular phase, people in rest of India can witness a partial eclipse.

Talking about the first Solar Eclipse of 2020 or the "ring of fire", several astronomers and experts have claimed that it could help them "understand the topology of the moon". 

"The moon has peaks and valleys. During the solar eclipse, as the edge of the moon is in front of the sun, its peaks and valleys are visible due to bright sun rays. The sun can peek through the valleys of the moon but the sun is obscure in the mountain regions. This phenomenon is known as Baily's beads which is common in Annular eclipse," Director of Nehru Planetarium Dr N Rathnasree told news agency ANI. 

Meanwhile, the next annualar Solar Eclipse will be seen from South America in December 2020 while another one will occur in 2022. However, they will not be seen in India, Dr Rathnasree noted.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma