Longest annular eclipse of the sun on Jan 15

Sky enthusiasts in India, especially in Tamil Nadu, will have a rare opportunity to witness the longest annular eclipse of the sun, occurring on Jan 15 next.

Chennai: Sky enthusiasts in India, especially in Tamil Nadu, will have a rare opportunity to witness the longest annular eclipse of the sun, occurring on Jan 15 next.
"The annular phase runs from 10.44 am (IST),when the
eclipse begins in the Central African Republic to the end of
the eclipse on the Chinese Yellow Sea coast at 14.29 pm
(IST)," Tamilnadu Science and Technology Centre Executive
Director Dr P Iyamperumal told today.

He said the maximum duration of annularity would reach 11
min 08 sec over Indian Ocean thus making it the longest
annular eclipse.

Stating that this was a rare event happening about 108
years in Tamil Nadu, he said ""the annular eclipse will be
visible from Kanyakumari, Nagercoil, Tirunelveli, Tenkasi,
Tuticorin, Rameshwaram, Madurai, Rajapalayam, Sivaganga,
Karikudi, Pudukottai, Nagapatinam, Tanjavur, Kumbakonam,
Mayiladuthurai and Chidambaram".

The difference between a total solar eclipse and annular
one, he said, is during a total solar eclipse the sun will be
fully covered by the moon whereas during an annular one, sun
would not be fully covered and "one will be able to see the
sun like a thin ring around the black moon."

PTI

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