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Want to witness a total solar eclipse in India? Too bad, it’s 17 years away

As compensation, there are annual solar eclipses coming up in 2019 and the year after.

science Updated: Aug 22, 2017 14:30 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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A solar eclipse shows through a layer of clouds over the Ravenel Bridge in Charleston.(AP Photo)

The stars came out in the middle of the day, zoo animals ran in agitated circles, crickets chirped, birds fell silent and a chilly darkness settled upon the land Monday as the US witnessed its first full solar eclipse since World War I.

But all that people in India witnessed was the glow of their digital screens humming with excitement as the moon overtook the golden orb.

India won’t witness a total solar eclipse till 2034, another 17 years from now. Yet, there are annular solar eclipses coming up in 2019 and the year after.

Total solar eclipses occur every year or two or three years, often in the middle of nowhere like the South Pacific or Antarctic. In the annular solar eclipse -- also called the ‘Ring of Fire’ eclipse -- the moon is farther away from the Earth, so it can’t block out all of Sun’s light.

Here’s how long you have to wait to witness the celestial event:

December 26, 2019: This annular solar eclipse will be visible in southern India, Sri Lanka and in parts of the Arab peninsula, Sumatra, Malaysia, Singapore, parts of Borneo and Guam.

June 21, 2020: Another annular solar eclipse will be visible in northern India, including New Delhi, Tibet, Horn of Africa, Arabian peninsula, southern Pakistan, parts of China and Taiwan.

March 20, 2034: The total solar eclipse will be visible in India, Pakistan, China and parts of Africa and the Middle East.

(With inputs from agencies)

First Published: Aug 22, 2017 14:27 IST