People all across the world including India are witnessing the Last solar eclipse of the decade.
The annular solar eclipse is visible in most of Asia alongside North/ East Africa, and North/ West Australia.
Instead of the more majestic total eclipses, it is an annular solar eclipse that happens when the Moon covers the sun’s centre, leaving the sun’s visible outer edges to form a ‘ring of fire’ around the moon.
In India, the partial eclipse began at 8.00 am and ended at 11.16 am while the greatest eclipse started at 9.30 am.
The total duration of the eclipse was 3 hours and 16 minutes.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that though he could not witness the solar eclipse due to cloud cover in the national capital, he managed to have a glimpse of it in Kozhikode through live stream.
The prime minister also posted his pictures trying to see the Sun.
“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,” he wrote on Twitter.
The prime minister said he enriched his knowledge on the subject by interacting with experts.
Fog blocked the view of the much-awaited annual solar eclipse in Delhi on Thursday morning. But people in the southern parts of the country were able to watch the rare celestial spectacle.
The eclipse was visible only from places like Kannur in Kerala along with the southern coast of the country.
Apart from India, the eclipse was visible in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Northern Mariana Islands and Guam.
Arrangements were made in planetariums across the country for direct observation of partial eclipse through telescopes and special viewing glasses.
Meanwhile, devotees are taking a holy dip in rivers and water pools across the country on the occasion of the solar eclipse.
In Odisha, the state govt has announced a holiday today in schools and colleges due to the eclipse.
A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partly obscuring the Sun for a viewer on Earth.
An annular solar eclipse takes place when the moon’s apparent diameter is smaller than that of the Sun’s and blocks most of the Sun’s light. This causes the Sun to look like a ring of fire.
(With inputs from agency)