The annual 'diamond ring' solar eclipse will take place tonight, but it won't be visible over India
- The annual 'diamond ring' or total solar eclipse set to take place tonight and it will block out the Sun over Argentina.
- In India, however, the Sun will already have set by 7:30pm, when the eclipse is schedule to begin.
- Next year's total lunar eclipse, scheduled to take place on December 4, 2021, won't be visible from India either.
However, India will already be shrouded in darkness by 7:00 pm Indian Standard Time (IST), when the eclipse is expected to kick off.
Time and date of total solar eclipse in India:
|Partial solar eclipse begins
|7:03 pm, December 14
|Full solar eclipse begins
|8:02 pm, December 14
|9:43 pm, December 14
|Full solar eclipse ends
|11:24 pm, December 14
|Partial solar eclipse ends
|12:23 am, December 15
The total eclipse, when the Moon will completely block out the Sun, will last a maximum of two minutes and 40 seconds, depending on the location.
What is a total solar eclipse?
Unlike the annual solar eclipse, which occurred on June 21 and was visible in India, the Moon will be a lot closer to Earth this time around.
In fact, one of the pre-conditions for an annual solar eclipse is for the Moon to be at its closest point of orbit around the planet called the perigee.
The total solar eclipse and ‘diamond rings'
Another striking difference between the annual solar eclipse and the total solar eclipse is that instead of a ‘ring of fire,' skygazers will witness ‘diamond rings'.
What looks like a ‘jewel' of light, gathers along the boundary of the shadow just before the solar corona becomes visible at the beginning and at the end of totality during a total solar eclipse.
Other interesting phenomena during a total solar eclipse include shadow bands, Bailey's beads, and a reddish glow that sets in right before the Sun completely disappears.
AdvertisementEven next year's total lunar eclipse, scheduled to take place on December 4, 2021, won't be visible from India either.
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