Hyderabad: The last of the eclipses of this year, this time a partial solar eclipse, will take place between 1.32 pm and 5 pm on Saturday. While the partial solar eclipse will be visible across countries in the Northern Hemisphere, it will not be visible in India.
Including Saturday’s partial solar eclipse, this year, there have been five eclipses i.e. two lunar eclipses and three partial solar eclipses. “The two lunar eclipses were visible from India. Like the partial solar eclipse of Saturday, two more solar eclipses were also not visible in India,” says Director and Founder, Planetary Society of India, N Sri Raghunandan Kumar.
The partial solar eclipse of Saturday will be visible in countries like Canada, Greenland, Iceland, northern parts of British isles, most of Scandinavia, Svalbard in Norway, most parts of Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia and China. According to him, the next solar eclipse to be visible partially across India will be on December 26, 2019. “The last partially visible solar eclipse across India was way back in March 2016,” he said.
Why eclipse will not be visible in India:
“Solar eclipses happen when the moon comes between earth and sun in such a way that shadow of the moon falls on earth. However, the moon’s shadow does not fall at all the places on earth. The moon’s shadow travels across the face of the earth from point to point. India is not in the path of the moon’s shadow on Saturday, which is the reason why solar eclipse will not be visible here,” Raghunandan explained.