In a great relief to many Indians who observe rituals before and after solar eclipse, the timings will be before they wake up at 5:50 AM in the morning and ends at 6:51 AM, much before many mothers get up to send their children to schools. Moreover, only partial eclipse will be visible during this time.
“In most of the places in India, the eclipse will start either before sunrise or around sunrise – making the viewing of this spectacular cosmic event quite difficult,” Dr Debiprosad Duari, director of MP Birla Planetarium, Kolkata, told media.
The total solar eclipse will be visible in the southeast Asian region in the Indian Ocean through Sumatra, Borneo, Sulawesi. The total solar eclipse or the phenomenon when the disc of the moon covers the sun entirely and thus creates darkness during daytime will not be visible. However, a “partial eclipse of the Sun” will be seen in the morning.
Those in Kolkata and the northeast or eastern coast can see the progress of the eclipse at 5:51 am and at around 6:06 am. By 6:50 am, the Sun will be at a height of only 12.8 degrees above the horizon.
Where to Watch Live Online?
Tuesday’s total solar eclipse will be streamed live by US space agency NASA on NASA TV. Three hours after the total solar eclipse solar scientists from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, will participate in aReddit Ask Me Anything.
People also will be able to tag and share their images of the solar eclipse on the NASA Flickr group at: https://www.flickr.com/groups/eclipse2016/.
Today’s total solar eclipse will be the only total eclipse of the sun in 2016 and the last one occurred in March 2015. The eclipse, which will shadow Indonesia and the North Pacific Ocean, will coincide with a 100-foot-wide asteroid streaking past Earth at a distance of around 3 million miles. It could pass closer “but certainly no closer than 15,000 miles (24,000 kilometers) above Earth’s surface,” said NASA in a statement.