Solar Eclipse 2020: Check date, timings, locations and other essential details

The annual solar eclipse is on June 21, 2020. The eclipse can be seen from some parts of Africa including Congo, Central African Republic, and Ethiopia. 

Jun 21, 2020 11:47 IST
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An annual and the deepest solar eclipse of the century has been visible from Earth on June 21, 2020. A solar eclipse is an event that takes place when the moon passes from between the earth and the sun. The eclipse has occurred on the longest day of the year and will continue for almost 6 hours. It will be visible from many parts of Northern India.

There are three types of solar eclipses namely total solar eclipse, partial solar eclipse, and the annual solar eclipse. The annual solar eclipse takes place only when the moon is farthest from the Earth. In this, the sun will look like a ring of fire. 

In June-July eclipse season 2020, there will be three eclipses in line. In 2019, the annual solar eclipse had occurred on July 2. The next solar annual eclipse will occur on June 10, 2021.

Curfew in Kurukshetra:

Kurukshetra administration has decided to impose two days curfew from June 19. The step has been taken in order to avoid the people from gathering at the holy places of the city at the time of the solar eclipse on June 21, 2020. 

Visibility of Solar Eclipse in India:

India is all set to witness the solar eclipse of this century on June 21, 2020. The sun will appear as a necklace of pearls for around 30 seconds. The event will be visible in the morning in a maximum phase along with a narrow corridor in the Northern Parts of the country, which will include Haryana, Rajasthan, and Uttarakhand. The annual eclipse will be partial to the rest of the country. 

During the maximum phase of the eclipse, the moon will cover up to 98.8% of the sun which will make it the deepest annual solar eclipse of the century. The complete obscuration of the sun by the moon during the greatest phase of the partial eclipse will be around 80% in Guwahati, 94% in Delhi, 78% in Patna, 75% in Silchar, 62% in Mumbai, 66% in Kolkata, 34% in Chennai, 37% in Bangalore, 28% in Port Blair, etc. 

Solar Eclipse Timing in India:

Partial Solar Eclipse will begin June 21 at 9:15:58 am
The full solar eclipse will begin June 21, 10:17:45 am
Maximum Eclipse will be June 21, 12:10:04 pm
The end of the full solar eclipse June 21, 14:02:17 pm
The end of the partial eclipse June 21, 15:04:01 pm

Annual Solar Eclipse 2020: Date and Time

The annual solar eclipse is on June 21, 2020. The eclipse began at 9.15 am IST in the morning and will continue for six long hours. It will end at 03.04 pm on the same day. The annual solar eclipse will reach its maximum phase at 12.10 pm, at this time the sun will look like a ring of fire from the earth.

From where the annual solar eclipse will be visible?

The annual solar eclipse 2020 is on June 21, 2020. It will be seen from some parts of Africa including Congo, Central African Republic, and Ethiopia. Some other countries that will be able to see the solar eclipse will be Northern India, China, and the South of Pakistan.

What happens during a solar eclipse?

A solar eclipse takes place whenever the moon passes in between the Earth and the sun. At this time, the moon blocks the sunlight reaching the Earth, and the moon’s shadow is casted on the Earth. This event obscure the image of the Sun for a viewer on the Earth.

Different Types of Solar Eclipses

There are three different types of solar eclipses.

Total Solar Eclipse- This even takes place when the sun, the moon, and the earth are aligned perfectly making a straight line. During a total solar eclipse, the sun is entirely blocked from a view from Earth for a few minutes during the maximum phase of the eclipse. The sky gazers can enjoy the total solar eclipses only from the small region of the Earth.

Partial Solar Eclipse: In this only a part of the sun is not visible from the Earth. As per its name, a partial solar eclipse takes place when the sun, the moon, and the earth are not in the straight line. Because of this only the part of the sun is blocked by the moon, making the other part completely visible.

Annual Solar Eclipse: This spectacular event takes place when the moon is farthest from the Earth. In an annual solar eclipse, the sun will look like a ring of fire around the area which will be covered by the moon.

The event taking place on June 21, 2020, will be the Annual Solar Eclipse.

Eclipse Season

Solar eclipse generally takes place two weeks before or after a lunar eclipse. Most of the time, two eclipses can be seen in a row. However, there can also be as many as three eclipses in the same season.

In 2020, June-July eclipse season will see the three spectacular eclipses in line. There was a penumbral lunar eclipse on June 5, there will be an annual lunar eclipse on June 21 and there will be a penumbral eclipse once again on July 5, 2020.

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