The annular solar eclipse was witnessed by thousands of enthusiastic people, including children and the aged, in many parts of the country despite clouds played a damper in some places. Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined thousands of enthusiasts to witness annual solar eclipse. In Kerala, the rare spectacle was first visible at Cheruvathoor in Kasaragod, followed by places in Kozhikode and Kannur. In Wayanad, there was disappointment as the annular eclipse was not visible due to clouds. Various temples, including the famous Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa Temple, Padmanabha Swamy temple at Thiruvananthapuram and the Lord Krishna temple at Guruvayur were closed during the solar eclipse and are expected to open after purification rites.
The eclipse was visible in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam. (Photo: PTI)
The Odisha government on Tuesday had announced December 26 as holiday in all state government offices, courts, schools and colleges due to the solar eclipse. (Photo: PTI)
The people of the southern part of the country were fortunate to see a greater part of the partial solar eclipse because of the geometry of the eclipse path. (Photo: PTI)
An annular solar eclipse takes place when the moon’s apparent diameter is smaller than that of the Sun’s and blocks most of the Sun’s light. This causes the Sun to look like a ring (annulus) of fire, Debiprosad Duari, the Director, Research and Academic of MP Birla Institute of Fundamental Research, MP Birla Planetarium, said. (Photo: PTI)
Use of unsafe filters like smoked glass, polarising filter, sun glasses, photographic neutral density filters, colour films are not advised to view the solar phenomenon. (Photo: PTI)