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First solar eclipse of 2010 to start in south for country

The first solar eclipse of the current year would occur on January 15 and will be visible partially in major parts of the country, a city-based Space Sciences organisation said on Saturday.



Hyderabad: The first solar eclipse of the
current year would occur on January 15 and will be visible
partially in major parts of the country, a city-based Space
Sciences organisation said on Saturday.

People in South India will be the first to see the
eclipse as the path of eclipse traverses across India before
entering Bangladesh and Myanmar.

People in Western and South India would see the beginning
of eclipse between 11 am and 11.30 am, whereas people from
Central to North India would see the beginning of eclipse from
11.30 am to 12 noon, Planetary Society of India General
Secretary N Raghunandan Kumar said.

People in Kavaratti island in Lakshadweep would be the
first to see the beginning of eclipse at 10.55 am whereas at
Dibrugarh in Assam, people would be one of the last to see the
beginning (at 12.29 pm) of the eclipse, he said adding in the
temple town of Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu the duration of the
eclipse will last for 10 minutes 8 seconds.

The annular solar eclipse of this year is the best until
the year 2019, as the next solar eclipse on January 4 in 2011
will be visible to people in Northern parts of the country and
few places in Gujarat, whereas the solar eclipse in 2016
though visible in India begins and lasts only for few minutes
close to horizon in early hours of March 9, he said.

Meanwhile, Superintendent of Jiwaji Observatory Ujjain
Rajendra Prakash Gupta told PTI that the best view of the
January 15 eclipse, the longest solar eclipse of the 21st
century, would be at Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu.

The eclipse would be seen for over ten minutes from 1.16
pm, he said, adding that during this period 91.9 per cent of
the sun would hide behind the moon.

Meanwhile, Superintendent of Jiwaji Observatory Ujjain
Rajendra Prakash Gupta told PTI that the best view of the
January 15 eclipse, the longest solar eclipse of the 21st
century, would be at Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu.

The eclipse would be seen for over ten minutes from 1.16
pm, he said, adding that during this period 91.9 per cent of
the sun would hide behind the moon.

PTI

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