India Watches the Longest Annular Solar Eclipse

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It was quite a sight to behold across India today. Many people in the country caught a glimpse of the rare annular solar eclipse.

The solar eclipse has been partially visible in most parts of India except for some parts in the southern states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, where it has appeared as an annular one.

In New Delhi, the Nehru Planetarium made special arrangements for the spectacle.

[O. P. Gupta, Senior Engineer, Nehru Planetarium]: (Hindi, male)
"Everyone knows that there will be a solar eclipse which is annular. This means that the moon's shadow covers the sun, which makes the sun look like an annulus, or a ring. But in Delhi, it will only be partially visible, a visibility rate of 53%."

It was a similar scene in Hyderabad, the capital of the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.

[R V Rao, Eclipse Watcher]: (English,)
"Given a chance, if we can see the different stages of this eclipse, it will be much more rewarding for us having come over here."

An annular solar eclipse is rare and occurs when the moon moves in front of the sun, causing the sun to look like a ring.

The last time India saw this 'Ring of Fire' was November 22, 1965, and it will not be seen again before June 21, 2020.

The next longest annular solar eclipse will be seen in 3043.

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