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Solar Eclipse Today: How to See Surya Grahan Live Online, India Timings, More

Solar Eclipse Today: How to See Surya Grahan Live Online, India Timings, More

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Solar eclipse is visible as a “ring of fire” in the sky

Highlights
  • Solar eclipse is being live streamed through YouTube channels
  • Observers watching it in person are recommended to use eye protection

Solar eclipse (also known as Surya Grahan) is gracing the Indian skies today. Instead of a more majestic total eclipse, it is an annular solar eclipse that is appearing as a “ring of fire” in the sky. It began at around 8am IST. The annular solar eclipse will be visible in most of Asia alongside North/ East Africa, and North/ West Australia. A partial eclipse will also be visible in the Asia Pacific and Indian Ocean region. If you don’t want to step out to catch the eclipse or live in a region where it won’t be visible, worry not, some online sources are live streaming the solar eclipse online.

What is an annular solar eclipse?

Unlike the total solar eclipses, an annular solar eclipse occurs when a New Moon is farthest from the Earth. It forms a ring-like structure of light surrounding the Moon. This is unlike the total solar eclipse in which the New Moon comes between the Sun and Earth and shows the darkest part of its shadow on the Earth. The total eclipse is often almost as dark as night, while you’ll notice some amount of light in the case of the annular solar eclipse.

How to watch solar eclipse 2019 live

If you’re in one of the locations where the solar eclipse 2019 is visible today, you can go out to experience the ring of fire effect with your own eyes. It is important to take eye protection into consideration while watching the eclipse live. Moreover, there are some online sources that are live streaming the solar eclipse 2019 online for those who don’t live in the locations from where the eclipse is visible.

  • How to Safely Watch the Solar Eclipse Live Today

Canary Islands-based Slooh Observatory kicked off the live stream of the solar eclipse 2019 through its YouTube channel. The live stream began at 8:30am IST with feeds from the Middle East and Singapore.