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First Annular Solar Eclipse of 2021; Parts of India to Experience the Spectacular Phenomenon

NASA has informed that it will live stream the eclipse on nasa.gov/live.
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The first annular solar eclipse of the year 2021 will occur on Thursday. As per information provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), it will be visible to people across the Northern Hemisphere.

In ‘annular’ solar eclipse, the Moon is so far away from Earth, that it appears smaller in size than the Sun in the sky.
Here, since the Moon is not blocking the entire view of the Sun, space enthusiasts will see a ‘dark disk on top of a large, bright disk’.
This is also known as the ‘ring of fire’.

According to NASA, the eclipse will be visible only in a few regions, while it will be partial in others.
The space agency has said that –
• Russia,
• Greenland and
• Canada will get to witness the “ring of fire,” or, in other words, a full solar eclipse, while the eastern United States and Alaska will witness only a partial eclipse.
• Large parts of North America, Europe, Asia, northern Africa, and parts of the Caribbean, too, will see a partial eclipse.

In India, the ‘annular’ Solar Eclipse will be visible only to people in Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh.
It is scheduled to begin at 1:42 pm and will end at 6:41 pm.
The peak time will come around 4:16 pm when both the Sun and Moon will conjunct exactly at 25 degrees in the Taurus sign.

NASA has also informed that it will live stream the eclipse on nasa.gov/live.
It can also be viewed on YouTube, courtesy of Luc Bolard of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Sudbury Centre.
NASA has also released a set of precautions that are to be taken while witnessing the solar eclipse on its official website.

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