Get Ready To Witness A Total Solar Eclipse On March 9


Be ready to witness a total eclipse of the Sun, which will occur on March 9, 2016. In India, the same will be seen as partial solar eclipse at sunrise except from North West and western parts of the country.

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Solar Eclipse happens once in a year

Solar eclipse is a phenomenon, where the moon comes exactly between the sun and the earth. The moon actually blocks the sun’s bright face, which reveals the tenuous and comparatively faint solar atmosphere. This miraculous event takes place just once in a year.

Celestial Spectacle on March 9

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1. Beginning of the Partial Phase of the Eclipse

In view of the Earth as a whole, the partial phase of the solar eclipse will begin at 4 h 49 m IST. The partial phase will end at 10h 05m IST.

2. Beginning of the Total Phase of the Eclipse

The total phase of the Eclipse will begin at 5 h 47 m IST and will end at 9 h 08m IST.


3. Obscuration of the sun by the moon in India

In India Obscuration of the sun by the moon at the time of greatest phase of partial eclipse will be around 15% in Agartala, 24.5% in Bhubaneswar, 11% in Guwahati, 18.5% in Kolkata, 12% in Patna, 49% in Port Blair and 12% in Silchar.

4. Greatest phase will not be seen

The greatest phase of the partial eclipse will not be seen from majority if the places in India as the sunrise will take place after the time of occurrence of greatest phase at these places.

5. Moon’s penumbral shadow produces a partial eclipse

The penumbral shadow of the moon produces a partial eclipse, which will be visible in the region covering South East Asia including India, Japan, Australia, Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea and the North Pacific Ocean.

6.Total Eclipse will be visible in the Northern Hemisphere

The total eclipse of the Sun is expected to be visible within a narrow corridor in the northern Hemisphere. The totality path would pass through the areas of Borneo, Indonesia, Sumatra and the North Pacific Ocean.

Caution during the Solar Eclipse

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1.Do not view Eclipsed Sun with Naked eyes

It is advised that the Eclipsed Sun should not be viewed with the naked eyes. Not even for a very short period of time.

2. Can cause Blindness

Viewing the eclipsed sun from naked eyes can cause permanent damage of the eyes and can lead to blindness. It’s not safe even when the moon covers most portion of the Sun.

3. Safe technique to view the Eclipsed Sun

The safe technique to observe the solar eclipse is to either use proper filter like aluminized Mylar, black polymer, welding glass of shade number 14; or make a projection of Sun’s image on a white board by telescope.

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