Today is truly a mesmerizing as its the annular solar eclipse and the last one of 2019, has commenced. The last solar eclipse of 2019 was visible at around 8 am today morning. The December 26 solar eclipse was visible in cities like Kannur, Kochi, Kozhikode, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in Kerala; Coimbatore, Madurai, Ooty, Trichy and Chennai in Tamil Nadu; Mangaluru and Bengaluru in Karnataka; and Puducherry. In other part of India will ony be able to see a partial solar eclipse. The solar eclipse will start from 8 am to 1:30 pm. The December 26 solar eclipse is special as this will be the third solar eclipse to take place this year and the event will be livestreamed across various Youtube channels.
The December 26 solar eclipse is also called as the ‘annular solar eclipse’. In the solar eclipse the Moon isn’t completely cover the Sun and the Sun will appear as a ‘Ring of Fire’ — a disc with its edges illuminated. The citizens will able to see the Solar Eclipse next year in the month of June. We will also get to total solar eclipse (where the Moon completely covers the Sun) in December.
Our honourable Prime Minister NArendra Modi was waiting eagerly like all of us to catch a view of the landmark annular the annular solar eclipse today, which is the last one for the decade. But PM was left disappointed as it was cloudy today and he couldn’t enjoy the rare celestial delight, but he watched glimpses of the eclipse on the live stream.
Prime Minister took to social media and wrote, “Like many Indians, I was enthusiastic about #solareclipse2019. Unfortunately, I could not see the Sun due to cloud cover but I did catch glimpses of the eclipse in Kozhikode and other parts on live stream. Also enriched my knowledge on the subject by interacting with experts”.
The solar eclipse is safe to view equipment and proper techniques to view the celestial event as the infrared and ultraviolet rays of the Sun can cause stark retinal damage, astronomers have cautioned.