Sunday 21 June 2020

Annular Solar Eclipse Caught on Telescope: June 21, 2020

An interesting Solar Eclipse was seen through the telescope. An annular solar eclipse occurred on June 21, 2020. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partly obscuring the image of the Sun for a viewer on Earth.

2020's first solar eclipse is visible in India on 21 June from 9:15 AM and will conclude around 3:04 PM, reaching its peak at around 12:10 PM. Unlike other solar eclipses, this one is quite special because it falls on the same day as the summer solstice, the longest day of the year.

Here, the Celestron PowerSeeker 76az and Black Paper is used to spot the Sun.

What exactly is annular solar eclipse? An annular solar eclipse is often called "a ring of fire eclipse." Like a total solar eclipse, an annular solar eclipse happens when the new moon moves directly in front of the sun. During a total solar eclipse, the new moon completely covers over the solar disk.

The annular solar eclipse, popularly known as the "ring of fire" eclipse, was certainly visible in India. Many people created pictures of this rare celestial event. This was the first solar eclipse of 2020. It is also known as Surya Grahan in India.

The annular phase of this rare solstice solar eclipse is visible from parts of Africa and Asia, including the Central African Republic, Congo, Ethiopia, southern Pakistan, northern India, and China. Weather permitting, people in these areas would see the characteristic "ring of fire."

Read more details about the Eclipse seen in different parts of the world here:


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    1. Thanks for interesting Telescope and astronomy explanations, Science Loop.