Astronomers photograph eclipse, collect data

Last Updated: Friday, January 15, 2010 - 14:32

Varkala: A team of astronomers today
photographed the millennium`s longest annular solar eclipse
using three telescopes from this western coastal town of
Kerala, located on the edge of the eclipse path.

As the moon started covering the sun, astronomers
tried to capture the special phenomenon during the eclipse
nicknamed `Baily`s Beads` from this town.

The eclipse was being studied from Varkala and Mila
Mitra, Scientific Officer of Space Scientific Popularisation
Association of Communicators and Educators (SPACE) told.

A telescope with very high focal length zoomed in on
the eclipse during the phenomenon, she said, adding, Varkala
is on the edge of the eclipse region and the best view of the
`Baily`s beads` would be from here.

`At around 1.10 pm, we will see the edge of Sun and as
sunlight passes through the moon`s uneven surfaces, it will
look as `beads of lights`, she said.

The SPACE team is at the Varkala beach where many
local people gathered to watch the eclipse.

A selected team of school principals, teachers and 10
students from schools in New Delhi, Shimla and Hyderabad were
conducting experiments here during the Solar Eclipse.

The students planned to measure the temperature,
humidity, ambience and light changes during and after the
eclipse, Mila said.


First Published: Friday, January 15, 2010 - 14:32

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