Astronomy enthusiasts turned their gaze towards the sun as the moon started to cover the solar disc as a partial solar eclipse began on Tuesday.
The partial solar eclipse is being observed in several parts of the country with Srinagar witnessing the maximum obscuration of the solar disc at 55 percent.
The first contact, where in the moon begins to cover the solar disc, happened at 4:29pm in Delhi, where the moon was expected to cover 43 percent of the solar disc.
Since the eclipse is taking place in the evening, the ending of the celestial phenomenon will not be visible as it would take place after sunset.
“A solar eclipse occurs on a new moon day when the Moon comes in between the Earth and the Sun and when all the three objects are aligned. A partial solar eclipse will occur when the lunar disk covers the solar disk partially,” officials said.
Government officials cautioned that the eclipsed sun should not be viewed with the naked eye, even for a very short time as it could cause permanent damage of the eyes leading to blindness, A safe technique to observe the solar eclipse is either by using proper filter like aluminised Mylar, black polymer, welding glass of shade number 14 or by making projection of the sun’s image on a white board by telescope.
The solar eclipse is expected to be followed by a lunar eclipse early next month. According to Time and Date, a lunar eclipse is expected to take place on November 8 and will be visible in Asia, Australia, North America, parts of northern and eastern Europe, and most of South America.