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In Pics: Decade's last solar eclipse seen over several parts of India

The solar eclipse, which occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, began at around 8:17 am

BS Web Team  |  New Delhi 

Purameri near Vadakara in Kerala

Purameri near Vadakara in Kerala
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The annular was witnessed by thousands of people, including children and the aged, especially in northern districts of Kerala, despite clouds playing spoilsport some places. The rare spectacle was first became visible at Cheruvathoor in Kasaragod, followed by places in Kozhikode and Kannur.

Kolkata

Kolkata
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A occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, totally or partly obscuring the Sun for a viewer on Earth.   An annular takes place when the moon's apparent diameter is smaller than that of the Sun's, blocking most of the Sun's light. This makes the Sun look like a 'ring of fire'.

Coimbatore

Coimbatore
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According to scientists, the solar eclipse was fully visible only in the southern states of India. People from Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu were able to see the annular solar eclipse, while the rest of the country was only be able to see a partial solar eclipse.    

Delhi

Delhi
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Thick fog in several parts of the capital blocked the view of the much-awaited annual solar eclipse on Thursday morning.  The people of Delhi woke up to thick fog over the city with visibility of about 700 meters at 8.30 am, which deprived them of a glimpse of the solar eclipse.

PM Narendra Modi looks towards the sky to catch a glimpse of the annular solar eclipse in New Delhi

PM Narendra Modi looks towards the sky to catch a glimpse of an annular solar eclipse in New Delhi
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that while he could not witness the solar eclipse due to cloud cover in the capital, he managed to have a glimpse of it in Kozhikode through live streaming.

Tiruchirappalli

Tiruchirappalli
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The last eclipse of the year was well visible to people living in various parts of the state including Chennai, Tiruchirapalli, Udhagamandalam and Madurai 

Patna

Patna
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According to experts, people should not look directly at the Sun during the eclipse without proper protection as it can damage the eyes. Instead, solar filters, pinhole cameras or a telescopic projections can be used to see the eclipse. Besides India, the eclipse was visible in Sri Lanka, Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Indonesia, Singapore, Oman and Guam.  

Tiruchirappalli

Tiruchirappalli
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The solar eclipse also holds religious importance and special prayers are offered on the day. In Hinduism, people avoid eating anything during the eclipse. Visitors who reached Central Stadium in Kerala to catch a glimpse of the solar eclipse, were given 'payasam' to dispel the superstition of not consuming food during the celestial event


First Published: Thu, December 26 2019. 14:02 IST
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