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Solar Eclipse June 21: Pregnant women, children, others - Know what to do, what to avoid during surya grahan

Solar Eclipse (Surya Grahan) of June 21, 2020: The Annular solar eclipse of the year is taking place today, June 21. It is not a regular one as it falls on the summer solstice, i.e. the longest day and the shortest night of the year. Know precautions and the science behind it.

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New Delhi Updated on: June 21, 2020 10:20 IST
When is Surya Grahan India time 2020: Solar Eclipses in 2020 (Surya Grahan) of June 21, 2020: The An
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When is Surya Grahan India time 2020: Solar Eclipses in 2020 (Surya Grahan) of June 21, 2020

Solar Eclipse (Surya Grahan) of June 21, 2020: The Annular solar eclipse of the year will take place on June 21 this year. It is not a regular one as it falls on the summer solstice, i.e. the longest day and the shortest night of the year. People in some parts of the country will be able to see a 'Ring of Fire' during the surya grahan, however, for most parts of the country, the eclipse will be partial. While people can enjoy the lunar eclipse with the naked eye, it is advised to never witness a solar eclipse with bare eyes. Protective eyeglasses, binoculars, box projector or a telescope is advised to be used to safely witness the phenomenon.

What is Solar eclipse or surya grahan?

Solar Eclipse occurs when the moon blocks the light of the sun from reaching the earth. During surya grahan, the moon casts a shadow onto our planet when they are aligned.

Solar Eclipse (Surya Grahan) of June 21, 2020: Time

In India, the solar eclipse of June 21 with begin at 9:15 am and will end at 3:03 pm according to TimeandDate.com. The sun will be seen as a 'Ring Of Fire' to the skygazers which is a rare event. The partial eclipse will begin at 9:15 am and it will reach its peak at 12:10 pm. The full eclipse will end at 2:02 pm and the phenomenon will end at 3:04 pm.

Where can you see Solar Eclipse?

The annular solar eclipse will be seen for one minute in places like Sirsa, Ratia and Kurukshetra in Haryana, Suratgarh and Anupgarh in Rajasthan and Dehradun, Chamba, Chamoli and Joshimath in Uttarakhand. At these places, the 'Ring of Fire' will be visible, however, it will be narrower than of solar eclipse of December 26, 2019. 

It will also be seen in South Sudan, Ethiopia, Yemen, Oman, Saudi Arabia, the Indian Ocean, Pakistan, Tibet, China, Taiwan and the middle of the Pacific ocean.

Solar Eclipse (Surya Grahan) of June 21, 2020: Interesting facts

If you miss the solar eclipse of June 21, 2020, you will have to wait till December 14-15 to witness it again.

In a year, there can be as many as five solar eclipses.

A total solar eclipse is a rare sight and happens only once in every 18 months. For a total solar eclipse, the sun has to be blocked at least 90 percent by the moon.

The longest duration of a total solar eclipse is 7.5 minutes.

The total solar eclipse cannot be seen from the North and South Poles

Solar Eclipse (Surya Grahan) of June 21, 2020: Precautions

Unlike lunar eclipse, one should never look at the solar eclipse with bare eyes. While many people think that dark sunglasses or homemade filters are enough to safely witness the phenomenon, they do not effectively protect you from the harmful rays of the sun.  Pinhole projection is a safe way to observe a solar eclipse in an indirect fashion.

According to astrology, keep in mind a few points as told by Acharya Indu Prakash:

  • During eclipse, Earth's electromagnetic field is disturbed, this his the potential to cause negative energy around us and disturb body's balance.
  • Put Tulsi leaves or kush in curd, milk or other liquid food items.
  • Remove after grahan. 
  • Stay away from kitchen, cooking
  • Avoid eating during grahan, not applicable on children, elderly people or those who are unwell
  • Pregnant women should not do anything, take rest; don't thread a needle
  • Do not watch eclipse with naked eyes, it can cause serious damage to eyes
  • Recite surya mantra for positivity
  • Keep aside grains and clothes before eclipse and donate them to cleaners
  • Take bath before and after grahan

 

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