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Observing the eclipsed Sun with the naked eye is not recommended even for a very short period of time. Even if the Moon blocked most of the Sun, it would still permanently damage the eyes and lead to blindness.

What is a solar eclipse and how does it happen?

A solar eclipse or Surya Grahan occurs when the Moon is between the Sun and the Earth and blocks the Sun’s light, casting a shadow on the Earth. When all three objects are aligned, the eclipse takes place on a new moon day. When the moon’s disk partially obscures the sun’s disk, a partial eclipse occurs.

Where to watch the eclipse?

The 1 hour 45 minute solar eclipse in India will be visible for over an hour in cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Surat, Pune, Jaipur, Indore, Thane, Bhopal, Ludhiana, Agra, Chandigarh, Ujjain, Mathura, Porbandar, Gandhinagar, Silvasa, Surat and Panaji.

Cities like Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Lucknow, Kanpur, Nagpur, Visakhapatnam, Patna, Mangaluru, Coimbatore, Ooty, Varanasi and Thiruvananthapuram, will see the eclipse in less than an hour.

Some northeastern areas such as Aizawl, Dibrugarh, Imphal, Itanagar, Kohima, Silchar and Andaman & Nicobar Island will be completely unable to see the eclipse.

What is the time of the eclipse?

The eclipse will begin in India before sunset, in the afternoon, according to the Department of Earth Sciences. However, the end of the eclipse will not be seen from India, the ministry said.

The eclipse will begin in the following parts at the following times:

Delhi – 4.29pm

Mumbai – 4.49pm

Bangalore – 5.12 pm

Kolkata – 4.52pm

Chennai – 5.14pm

Bhopal – 4.42 pm

Hyderabad – 4.59pm

Kanyakumari – 5.32 pm

For a complete list, visit https://www.moes.gov.in/sites/default/files/PIB1868856.pdf

How to see the eclipse?

People should avoid viewing the eclipse with the naked eye and should use special eye protection or indirect observation methods to view the eclipse.

Indirect projection is one of the safest ways to view eclipses, while telescopes, pinhole cameras, or camera monitors can also be used to view eclipses. The camera screen may suffer some damage during this process.

Directly viewing a solar eclipse can cause permanent damage to a person’s retina because of the high-density radiation from the sun’s photosphere.

Dos in eclipse

1) The safest way to view a solar eclipse is by using a suitable filter, such as Mylar aluminum, black polymer, number 14 shaded solder, or by projecting a telescopic image of the Sun on a whiteboard.

2) Before looking up at the sky during a solar eclipse, NASA recommends eye protection.

3) Drive with your headlights on during a lunar eclipse.

What not to do during a solar eclipse

1) It is never recommended to replace your regular sunglasses for viewing the sun or a lunar eclipse.

2) Avoid using your camera to record the eclipse. If you don’t wear the right glasses, there is always a chance that the strong rays of the Sun will harm your eyes.

3) Keep children away from eclipse viewing areas if you are not planning to be there to supervise them.

When will the next eclipse happen?

The next solar eclipse visible from India is expected to occur on August 2, 2027. It will be a total solar eclipse. From all parts of the country, it will be seen as a partial eclipse.

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