On April 8, 2024, the United States will witness a total solar eclipse, but before that, India will have its own celestial spectacle on August 12, 2023. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the earth, casting a shadow on the earth’s surface.
The upcoming solar eclipse will be a partial eclipse, meaning only a portion of the sun will be covered by the moon. It will be visible from most parts of India, including Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, and Chennai, as well as neighboring countries like Nepal and Bhutan.
The eclipse will begin at around 1:32 pm IST, and the maximum eclipse will occur at 3:16 pm IST, when about 35% of the sun will be covered by the moon. The eclipse will end at around 5:04 pm IST.
It’s important to take precautions during a solar eclipse, as looking directly at the sun can cause permanent eye damage. Special solar eclipse glasses or filters should be used to view the eclipse safely. It’s also advisable to avoid taking photographs of the eclipse with a smartphone or camera, as the intense light can damage the lens.
Solar eclipses have been observed and recorded for thousands of years, and they continue to fascinate people today. In ancient times, solar eclipses were often seen as omens or warnings of impending disaster. Today, they are viewed as opportunities for scientific research and education.
The 2023 solar eclipse in India is sure to capture the attention of skywatchers and scientists alike. It’s a rare chance to witness one of the most awe-inspiring events in the natural world. So mark your calendars, and get ready to experience the wonder of a solar eclipse in your own backyard.