Solar eclipse (also known as Surya Grahan) is gracing the Indian skies today. Instead of a more majestic total eclipse, it is an annular solar eclipse that is appearing as a “ring of fire” in the sky. It began at around 8am IST. The annular solar eclipse will be visible in most of Asia alongside North/ East Africa, and North/ West Australia. A partial eclipse will also be visible in the Asia Pacific and Indian Ocean region. If you don't want to step out to catch the eclipse or live in a region where it won't be visible, worry not, some online sources are live streaming the solar eclipse online.
What is an annular solar eclipse?
Unlike the total solar eclipses, an annular solar eclipse occurs when a New Moon is farthest from the Earth. It forms a ring-like structure of light surrounding the Moon. This is unlike the total solar eclipse in which the New Moon comes between the Sun and Earth and shows the darkest part of its shadow on the Earth. The total eclipse is often almost as dark as night, while you'll notice some amount of light in the case of the annular solar eclipse.
How to watch solar eclipse 2019 live
If you're in one of the locations where the solar eclipse 2019 is visible today, you can go out to experience the ring of fire effect with your own eyes. It is important to take eye protection into consideration while watching the eclipse live. Moreover, there are some online sources that are live streaming the solar eclipse 2019 online for those who don't live in the locations from where the eclipse is visible.
Canary Islands-based Slooh Observatory kicked off the live stream of the solar eclipse 2019 through its YouTube channel. The live stream began at 8:30am IST with feeds from the Middle East and Singapore.
Sri Lanka's Tharulowa Digital also started the live stream of the solar eclipse 2019 through its YouTube channel at 7am IST.
YouTube channel CosmoSapiens is also providing a live stream beginning 7am IST.
That being said, NASA hasn't provided any official links for live streaming the solar eclipse 2019. You can, however, check the live feed of TimeandDate.com on its YouTube channel to get details around the annular solar eclipse.
December 26 Solar eclipse India timings
The solar eclipse began at 7:59am IST. It was initially visible as a partial eclipse and emerge in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia first. However, the partial eclipse will also be visible in various Indian locations such as Bengaluru, Mumbai, and New Delhi alongside places such as Doha, Dubai, Kuwait City, Karachi, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, General Santos, Davao, and Saipan, as mentioned on Norway-based TimeandDate.com.
After the partial eclipse, the annular solar eclipse started to take place in the sky. It was visible starting 9:04am IST, while the maximum eclipse became visible at 10:47am IST. The full eclipse will reach the last location that would be Guam in the Pacific Ocean at 12:30pm IST.
In India, the solar eclipse will be visible in most southern states, including Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu. It will also appear in some parts of Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Indonesia, and Guam.