India and the rest of the world witnessed the most dramatic 'ring of fire' solar eclipse that shadowed the Earth on June 21. A rare celestial event, annular solar eclipse, which is popularly known as the "ring of fire" eclipse, is visible in India. It is the first solar eclipse of this year and took place on the summer solstice, which is the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere. While people living along the path annular eclipse passing through Anupgarh, Suratgarh, Sirsa, Jakhal, Kurukshetra, Yamunanagar, Dehradun, Tapowan, and Joshimath were able to see the annular phase, people in rest of India witnessed a partial eclipse.
Allying rumors that the eclipse will mark the end of coronavirus, Aniket Sule, Chairperson, Public Outreach and Education Committee of the Astronomical Society of India, said: "Solar eclipse is caused when the Moon comes in front of the Sun for a short time. As seen from Earth eclipses occur somewhere in the Earth 2 to 5 times a year. Eclipses do not impact microorganisms on Earth. Likewise there no danger in eating of stepping out during an eclipse. No mysterious rays come out of the Sun during an eclipse."
Jammu & Kashmir: Jammu witnesses #SolarEclipse2020— ANI (@ANI) June 21, 2020
The solar eclipse will start at 9:15 AM and will be visible until 3:04 PM. The maximum eclipse will take place at 12:10 IST. It will be visible from Asia, Africa, the Pacific, the Indian Ocean, parts of Europe and Australia. pic.twitter.com/5tvnfr7O7G
As usual, while netizens are too excited for the Ring of Fire, they have creative memes and photos for the longest day too. Sample some:
one hour it’s dark, the next it’s light #longestday— Joe (@joeshekelton) June 21, 2020
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