Kolkata’s date with annular solar eclipse… – Times of India

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Kolkata: The pandemic may have altered the rhythm of life but the rhythm of nature remains unchanged. This Sunday, a spectacular cosmic event promises to shift the spotlight from the gloom surrounding daily new highs in Covid infection count as well as deaths as the city gets to view the second solar eclipse in six months. However, the eclipse will appear partial from Kolkata just as it had done on December 26, 2019.
From time to time in their elliptical motions of the earth going round the sun and the moon going round the earth, they can come to such a position, that the sun, moon and the earth are in a straight line. At times they are not only in a straight line but also lie on the same plane and that is the when we get a solar eclipse like the one on June 21.
According to MP Birla Institute of Fundamental Research director (research & academic) Debiprosad Duari, the annular solar eclipse in which the moon’s disc partially covers the sun and leaves a ring of fire around it, will be visible for 35 seconds from Suratgarh and Anupgarh in Rajasthan; Sirsa, Ratia and Kurukshetra in Haryana; and Dehradun, Chamba, Chamoli and Joshimath in Uttrakhand. In Kurukshetra, the eclipse will begin at 10.21am and last 35 seconds.
The maximum duration of the annularity will be a little east of Joshimath, where the partial eclipse will start at 10.27am. Annularity will begin at 12.09pm and end at 12.10pm, lasting for 39 seconds. Then the eclipse will end completely around 12.54pm.
In Kolkata, the partial eclipse will begin at 10.46am, reach its greatest phase at 12.35pm, with 65.5% obscuration and will end at 2.17pm. Duari cautions that though the eclipse will be partial over Kolkata, it should not be viewed through naked eyes.
Birla Industrial & Technological Museum will webcast the partial solar eclipse as viewed through a telescope positioned in the BITM campus on June 21. The webcast will happen from 10.46am to 2.17pm.

Source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/kolkatas-date-with-annular-solar-eclipse-/articleshow/76394691.cms