1st June 2020 is the day that has various days associated to it. From Father’s Day to International Yoga Day all is being celebrated today. 21st June is also the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere. But one happening that took place today is SOLAR ECLIPSE of 2020. The Solar Eclipse that was witnessed today is different from the general eclipses; it is one of the rare celestial events. The solar eclipse which occurred today is an annular eclipse where the Moon is far away from Earth that it cannot cover the Sun completely and leaves the outer rims of the Sun visible, this creates a ring sought of structure that is visible to all and is known as ‘ring of fire’ in the sky. This solar eclipse is also the first solar eclipse of the year 2020.
According to the past, the second and that will also be the last solar eclipse of this year will occur in December but Indians won’t be able to experience it. It has also been known that this solar eclipse is last for India until October 25, 2022.
Now let’s know what does exactly a solar eclipse means. When the Sun, the Moon, and the Earth are all three aligned in a straight configuration or an almost straight line, such that the Moon places itself between the Sun and the Earth blocking the rays of Sun from directly reaching the Earth in other words, casting its shadow on Earth, we witness a solar eclipse. Based on the alignment, there are three kinds of solar eclipses — total solar eclipse, partial solar eclipse, and annular solar eclipse — along with the addition of a rare hybrid of an annular and a total solar eclipse.
According to the studies of Nehru Planetarium, Bhuj became the first city in India from where the beginning of the eclipse was seen. The ministry of science and technology told that people who are living in Anupgarh, Sirsa, Yamunanagar, Jakhal, Suratgarh, Kurukshetra, Dehradun, Tapowan, and Joshimath will be able to witness the annular phase. All other locations of India witnessed a partial eclipse.
By: Prerana Sharma