No ring of fire, but Pune to witness a partial solar eclipse
Punekars will be able to witness this year’s third and last solar eclipse which will play out on December 26.
The solar eclipse will be visible when the moon is far from the earth due to which it will be unable to block the entire sun and a ring of fire around the moon will be visible during the annular solar eclipse, according to astronomy enthusiasts.
In order to witness the event, several hobby astronomy clubs have planned sky gazing activities across the city.
Jyotirvidya Parisanstha has organised an event at Kakasaheb Gadgil bridge (Z-bridge) between 8am and 11am. Residents can watch the eclipse through telescopes.
According to Sagar Gokhale, member of Jyotividya Parisanstha, “This event is happening after ten years. In Pune, the eclipse will start at 8:04:34 am. The maximum eclipse, 78.5 per cent of sun will be eclipsed by moon and that will happen at 9:23:11 am. After that the moon will start going away from the sun and at 10:57:52 am, the eclipse will end.”
Gokhale appealed to the residents to watch the celestial event and added that people must not to believe in superstitions and must enjoy the event. “It is completely safe to watch the eclipse for everyone, including pregnant women, if you take care to view it through a filter or certified solar goggles made with special solar filter. One can also use welding glass no. 14 or use a pinhole projector or projection using simple mirror on a wall.”
Other astronomy clubs like Navnirmiti Learning Foundation will conduct a sky gazing session near Vitthal Ramji Shinde bridge (Balgandharva bridge). The Astronomical Society of India has also put out a page on how to build a low-cost, safe eclipse-viewing equipment which can be accessed at bit.ly/suryotsav.
A celestial event
Start time 8.04.34 am
Height from the horizon 12 degree
Maximum at 9.23 am
Height from horizon - 27 degree
Coverage of the sun will be 78 per cent
Ends at 10.57.52 am
Three hybrid terrorists who were responsible for the killing of a sarpanch in Baramulla district were arrested on Monday, the Jammu and Kashmir police said. Baramulla senior superintendent of police identified the accused as Noor Mohammad Yatoo, Mohammad Rafiq Parray and Ashiq Hussain Parray, all residents of Goshbugh village in Baramulla district. Sarpanch of Goshbugh B village, Manzoor Ahmad Bangroo was shot in the Chanderhama orchards in the Wussan area of Palhallan on April 15.
The Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday said that employees working under schemes like Rehbar-e-Khel(ReK) and Rehbar-e-Janglat (ReJ) won't be disengaged, a day after thousands of youths employed under these schemes protested against the defreezing of the posts to fill them afresh. The protesters were demanding revocation of the government's decision last week to re-advertise the posts they were engaged in. The government last week decided to re-advertise the posts through the Service Selection Board.
Karnataka minister for primary and secondary education BC Nagesh slammed Congress over allegations of excluding eminent historical personalities, freedom fighters and reformers from textbooks, saying that the opposition party is using education to gather votes. The statements come almost a week after reports emerged that the Bharatiya Janata Party government allegedly removed portions of the chapter on Bhagat Singh, Narayana Guru and others to accommodate right-wing ideologues like Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh founder KB Hedgewar.
Mild to heavy rains lashed parts of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday coupled with gusty winds and thunderstorms. Weather officials said Kashmir valley witnessed light to moderate rain with thunderstorms and gusty winds in the north-western, northern and central parts on Sunday evening and during the night as well. Meteorologist M Hussain Mir said that Kashmir valley may witness less precipitation than Sunday while Jammu may get heavy rainfall.
Bengaluru At least 12 people and over 400 animals died in the recent unseasonal rains across Karnataka between May 15-21, according to the Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority. “Farmers whose crops have been destroyed by excess rains are contemplating ending their own lives. Such is the situation and the Union Bank has sent us notices to repay the loans. What kind of justice is this?” asked Purshottam Gowda, a farmer from Ballari.