Hyderabad: Hyderabadis will be able to witness a partial solar eclipse tomorrow i.e. on December 26.
The eclipse will black out nearly 66% of the sun.
The total solar eclipse which coincidentally occurred on the same day of December 2004 had triggered the tsunami which came right up to Tamil Nadu. But this time no such thing is likely to occur except that the coastal areas in some parts of the country might experience high tides.
Times of India has quoted Birla Science Planetarium director, Dr BG Sidharth, as saying, “People from Hyderabad can easily experience the solar eclipse from places where there is not much cloud cover. You can view it from the top of your terrace but with precautions. We are also going to organise a special show about the solar eclipse at our observatory, including how an eclipse occurs.”
The partial solar eclipse will begin at 8:08 am on Thursday 26 Dec 2019 when the moon touches the sun’s edge. Maximum Eclipse will be at 9:30 am when the moon is closest to the center of the Sun. Partial Eclipse will end at 11:10 am when the moon leaves the Sun’s edge.
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon comes in between the sun and the earth, thus casting a shadow on the earth, thereby totally or partially obscuring the sun for viewers on earth.
Dr Sidharth also stated that certain parts of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala would experience an annular solar eclipse for about three minutes. An annular solar eclipse happens when the moon covers the sun’s centre, leaving the sun’s visible outer edges to form a “ring of fire” or annulus around the moon.