A Rare "Ring of Fire" Solar Eclipse Will Be Visible This Weekend

James Marshall
June 17, 2020

India will witness its "deepest" annular solar eclipse of this century this Sunday (June 21), with the Sun appearing as a necklace of pearls for around 30 seconds during the maximum phase along a narrow corridor running through Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttarakhand. An annular solar eclipse will occur when the angular diameter of the Moon falls short of that of the Sun so that it can not cover up the latter completely. An annular solar eclipse occurs when the apparent size of the Moon is slightly less than that of the Sun, which leaves the outer rim of the latter uncovered, giving the appearance of a "ring of fire".

A solar eclipse or Surya Grahan occurs when the moon will obstruct the way between the sun and the earth. This weekend, another incredible celestial event will hit: an annual "ring of fire" solar eclipse. The eclipse will begin at sunrise in the Republic of the Congo and travel northwest across central Africa, the Red Sea, the Middle East, the Gulf of Oman, Pakistan, and India. According to the Arya Bhatt Observational Science Research Institute (ARIES) of Nainital, which works under the Union Ministry of Science and Technology, this solar eclipse will be seen in many countries of Africa, Asia and Europe as well as in North India. "Instead of a wide fiery ring, the Sun may appear as a necklace of shiny beads (known as Baily's beads) due to light filtering through Moon's hills and valleys", said astro-photographer Ajay Talwar. If weather permits, people in these areas will see the characteristic "ring of fire". Most of the people these days do not follow these practices.

Ayurveda believes that in the absence of sunlight, the bacteria tend to get active.

People are advised not to glare with bare eyes towards the sky during the solar eclipse be it morning or night as it may affect their sight.

The moon passes in front of the setting sun during a total solar eclipse in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on July 2, 2019.

As per the religious beliefs, many people in India don't worship or visit the temple during this time.

There are many beliefs and myths associated with this date across the world. Many people believe that this hour of Solar eclipse should be utilized to meditate.

In Mumbai, the partial phase of the eclipse will begin at 10:09 am and will end at 1:27 pm.

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