New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: After Lunar Eclipse, the sky gazers will witness another astronomical event in this month as the annular solar eclipse will occur on June 21. This will be the first Solar Eclipse of the year 2020. The last Solar Eclipse took place on July 2, 2019. Generally, a Solar Eclipse occurs two weeks after or before a Lunar Eclipse.

A Solar Eclipse, also known as ‘Surya Grahan’ in Hindi, occurs when the moon passes between the earth and the sun, blocking the sunlight either fully or partially. A Solar Eclipse can occur only when the earth, sun and the moon are aligned in a straight line. This alignment is closest to the “ecliptic plane”.   

What is an annular Solar Eclipse?

An annular Solar Eclipse occurs only when the moon covers the sun partially because of its apparent size which is smaller than the sun. In an annular Solar Eclipse, the sun surrounds the dark disk of the moon and looks like a very bright ring or an “annulus”. This annular Solar Eclipse is also important because it will happen on Summer Solstice, which is the longest day of the year.

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When is the Solar Eclipse?

The Solar Eclipse will occur on June 21, which is the day of the ‘Summer Solstice’ or the longest day of the year. The Solar Eclipse will take place for over six hours. According to timeanddate.com, the Solar Eclipse will begin at 91.5 am on June 21 and continue till 3:04 pm. The Solar Eclipse will be at its maximum extent at 12.10 pm, said the timeanddate.com.  

This Solar Eclipse will be visible in India, Pakistan, China, Central African Republic, Congo, Ethiopia, north of Australia, Pacific and Indian ocean and parts of Europe.

How to watch the Solar Eclipse?

Watch the Solar Eclipse with open eyes is not advisable as it can be harmful. According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), people need “to wear solar eclipse glasses at all times while watching this unique phenomenon, and attempts to photograph it will require special solar filter”.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma