Barring western India, the country will wake up next Tuesday early in the morning to witness a solar eclipse from 4:49 AM that will last partly till 9:08 AM. The total solar eclipse will occur at 5:47 AM and the phenomenon will fade away entirely by 10:05AM.
India’s Ministry of Earth Science said eclipse of the Sun by the Moon at its peak phase will be around 15 percent in Agartala, 24.5 percent in Bhubaneswar, 11 percent in Guwahati, 18.5 percent in Kolkata, 12 percent in Patna, 49 percent in Port Blair, 12 percent in Silchar etc. However, it said, “the greatest phase of the partial eclipse will not be seen from many places in India as the sunrise will take place after the time of occurrence of greatest phase at these places.”
Some of the places where it would be invisible include the North-West and Western region of the nation around Mumai. But the event will leave a delightful vision of the sky for enthusiasts during the wee hours of next tuesday, especially those in Kolkata, Patna, Lucknow, Bhubaneswar, Agartala, Visakhapatnam, Guwahati and Port Blair.
Elsewhere in the world, it would be visible within a narrow corridor in the northern hemisphere while the totality path will be through through Sumatra, Borneo, Indonesia and the North Pacific Ocean.
Howevver, it is advised by experts not to watch the eclipsed Sun with the naked eye, even for a very short time as it will cause permanent damage of the eyes leading to blindness even when in totla solar eclipse. “Safe technique to observe the solar eclipse is either by using proper filter like aluminized mylar, black polymer, welding glass of shade number 14 or by making projection of Sun’s image on a white board by telescope,” said the ministry.
US space agency NASA has released a map showing the path of the solar eclipse across Earth’s surface. The northern and southern path limits are blue and the central line is red. The four-way toggle arrows (upper left corner) are for navigating around the map. The zoom bar (left edge) is used to change the magnification.