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Surya Grahan 2019: First solar eclipse of the year today. All you need to know about time, locations

During a partial solar eclipse, the Moon covers the Sun’s disk only partially, which is why it is called Partial Solar Eclipse and not a total Solar Eclipse.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: January 06, 2019 9:43 IST ]

Surya Grahan 2019 today

This year’s first Partial Solar Eclipse was witnessed by the world on Sunday, as the Solar Eclipse or Surya Grahan 2019 graced the skies on January 6. The moon and the Sun aligned in such a manner that the Sun’s disk is blocked by the moon, which will make for the celestial event, known as the Solar Eclipse. First of six eclipses in 2019, the Solar Eclipse 2019 on Sunday fell two weeks before the Super Blood Wolf Moon, that would take place on January 20/21.

Surya Grahan 2019: Date

The Surya Grahan 2019 or Solar Eclipse 2019 occured on Sunday, January 6.

Surya Grahan 2019: Time

The Solar Eclipse 2019 began at 5:04 am on January 6 and lasted till 9:18 am.

Surya Grahan 2019: Where it was seen

The partial solar eclipse was not be visible in India, but from locations in North Pacific and Northeast Asia. Locations where it was visible include China, part of Siberia in Russia, Korean peninsula, and Japan.

Some of the best positioned cities to see this solar eclipse or Surya Grahan 2019 were Taipei in Taiwan, Yakutsk in Russia, Adak in Alaska, Tokyo in Japan and Seoul in South Korea.

India Tv - Locations where Surya Grahan 2019 will be visible 

Image Source : NASA

Locations where Surya Grahan 2019 will be visible 

What is a partial solar eclipse?

During a partial solar eclipse, the Moon covers the Sun’s disk only partially. The Moon, the Sun and Earth don’t align perfectly in a straight line, which is why it is called Partial Solar Eclipse and not a total Solar Eclipse.

Surya Grahan 2019: How to watch solar eclipse

Special glasses, lenses and camera may be needed to watch the solar eclipse or the Surya Grahan. NASA has advised against watching the Surya Grahan with naked eyes as it can cause damage to the eyes. Looking directly at the Sun, even for just a few seconds, can cause permanent damage to the retina of the eye.

It is deemed advisable to have food prior to eclipse or after it is complete. The bacteria tend to get active, in the absence of sunlight, which could further prove detrimental for health. Cooking should also be avoided during this period.

Common myths and superstitions related to Surya Grahan

Solar eclipses are often considered inauspicious as the sun is not clearly seen. People generally avoid cooking, eating or drinking or going outdoors during the solar eclipse. To "ward off" evil effects of the solar eclipse, some also take bath to purify themselves. 

The eclipses are often believed to be dangerous for pregnant women and their unborn babies. Thus, they are advised to not step out during the solar eclipse. 

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