05 January, 2010

Solar Eclipse (Surya Grahan) on 15 Jan.

The longest annular Solar Eclipse (Surya Grahan) of the third millennium will occur on January 15, 2010.

There won't be an annular solar eclipse longer than this one till 3043.
An annular eclipse happens when the sun is visible like a ring of fire, with the moon darkening the center of the sun. The last annular solar eclipse visible from India was in 1976. Even then, it could only be seen from the northeast parts of Jammu and Kashmir.

This Solar Eclipse will be visible only in South Kerala and South Tamil Nadu and Southern Tip of Mizoram.  In South India in Trivandrum, the capital of Kerala, the annular eclipse, or the ring of fire, will be for nearly 8 minutes – from 13:10:35 hrs to 13:18:08 hrs.

In the rest of the places in India, this eclipse will be a partial eclipse.

Delhi – 11:53 AM to 3:32 PM
Mumbai – 11:17 AM to 3:04 PM
Chennai – 11:25 AM to 3:15 PM
Gandhinagar – 11.28 AM to 3:04 PM
Kolkata – 12:07 PM to 3:29 PM

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