Avid sky gazers in Africa, the middle east, Asia and the Pacific are gearing up for the first solar eclipse of 2020, which will take place on June 21, Sunday.
The annular eclipse occurs when the moon blocks the center of the sun, leaving only a shining ring of light around the edge - an annulus - often referred to as a "ring of fire".
More spectacular, but less long-lived: the exact alignment of the Earth, Moon and Sun was visible for only 38 seconds.
This annular eclipse will be the only one in China for the next 10 years.
As a part of the holy Japa in the fourth phase of the solar eclipse, the Scheme Veda Parayanamdars will recite the Sri Narayana Suktam between 12 noon and 12:30 pm and in fifth phase they recite Sri Dhanvanthri Mantra Japam between 12:30 pm and 1pm.
This is the last solar eclipse to be visible from India for the next 28 months, according to the Nehru Planetarium. The space scientists have also zeroed in on the lucky locations where the solar eclipse will appear in its ring of fire avatar.
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The partial solar eclipse is captured using infrared filter in the cloudy sky in Nairobi, Kenya.
An annular solar eclipse, wherein the Sun appears like a ring of fire, is now underway but cloudy skies are likely to play a spoilsport for sky gazers in Kerala and also in the national capital. Another annular eclipse will occur in 2022, but that it will be hardly visible from India, Rathnashree added.
A solar eclipse is annular when the relative distances between the Earth-Sun and Earth-Moon are such that the Moon's angular size falls short of the Sun's. In Delhi, the eclipsed sun was visible through dark clouds.
Egypt witnessed on Sunday an annular solar eclipse. The eclipse was indeed breathtaking and many citizens actually shared snippets of the event, scroll down to have a look!
A small group of about 15 students huddled around a telescope at the University of Colombo to watch the eclipse.
A lunar eclipse is due on July 5, with the best viewing over North and South America, southern Europe and Africa.