North sees full annular solar eclipse

New Delhi , June 20:

An annular solar eclipse, wherein the Sun appeared like a ring of fire, was visible in parts of the country today.

The partial phase of the eclipse began at 9.16 am. The annular phase started at 10.19 am and end came at 2.02 pm.

“Close to noon, for a small belt in north India the eclipse turned into a beautiful annular (ring-shaped) one since the Moon is not close enough to cover the Sun completely,” the Astronomical Society of India said.

The annular path also passes through Congo, Sudan, Ethiopia, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Pakistan, and China.

The next annular eclipse will be seen from South America in December 2020.

The Nehru Planetarium, Delhi was webcasting the eclipse.

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