New Delhi, February 25: Your Sunday is going to get more interesting, the sun and the moon are going to offer you a small piece of entertainment. Yes, it is going to be visible in certain areas around the globe. Sunday morning catch ‘Ring of Fire’ when the moon will get in between the Sun and the Earth. Let’s all wait for this year’s first solar eclipse.
A solar eclipse happens when the moon casts a shadow on the earth as it passes between the earth and the sun, blocking out the light. Tomorrow the annual solar eclipse will start at 12.10 p.m UTC. The moon will appear to block varying amounts of the sun depending on where you are located within the eclipse visibility zone.
The solar eclipse will be visible in some parts of the world like West Africa, the Pacific, Atlantic, South America and the Indian Ocean. In India, a solar eclipse will only be visible in the south. Viewers in most of Brazil, Paraguay, and Bolivia will be able to see the moon covering up to 40 percent of the sun, while folks in most of Argentina, Uruguay, and southern and equatorial Africa will see up to 90 percent covered. For those who won’t be able to watch it in live can tune into online live streaming. Go online to the astronomy website Slooh.com, if you have hopes of catching this “ring of fire” cosmic event. The live stream will begin at 7 a.m. ET.
How to watch a solar eclipse safely
The most important message is never to look directly at the Sun, even through sunglasses or dark material such as a bin liner or photographic negative. Wear special eclipse viewing glasses - not ordinary sunglasses - or construct a simple pinhole camera which projects an image of the Sun onto a blank piece of paper. If you are using a telescope or camera, you can use specially designed solar filters over the front lenses to avoid eye damage. You can also watch with special eclipse viewing glasses that sufficiently reduce the sun's brightness and filter out its harmful rays.