Annual Solar Eclipse 2020: Don't Look At The Sun Today

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Even as the world waited with bated breath for the annular solar eclipse on Sunday evening, citizens in India, China, Western Africa, and parts of the Arabian peninsula got to witness a dramatic ring-of fire during the eclipse.

This clip was filmed in Okinawa in Japan at around 2 pm local time.

The eclipse, crossing two continents and 14 total countries, covered a wide path but the path of greatest visibility was actually quite narrow, according to Time and Date.

At the peak of the eclipse, the Moon obscured 99.4% of the Sun's area.

Unfortunately, many global eclipse-chasers in the northern-western hemisphere were unable to travel to witness the rare event, all thanks to COVID-19-related travel bans and lockdowns still in place in most parts of the world.

You can view the eclipse through special glasses or by using a pinhole imaging technique.

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AFP/ Lakruwan Wanniarachchi / AFPA partial solar eclipse is seen from the Cairo suburb of Maadi, Egypt, June 21, 2020. Another annular eclipse will occur in 2022, but that it will be hardly visible from India, Rathnashree added.

Based on the alignment, there are three kinds of solar eclipses - total, partial, and annular - along with the addition of a rare hybrid of an annular and a total solar eclipse.

Jayarami Reddy Konda, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Science City of Andhra Pradesh, has appealed to the public not to look at the sun with the naked eye during the solar eclipse.

This will be the last eclipse that will be visible from India for the next 28 months. Live streaming will start soon.

Scientists have advised people that it is unsafe to observe the sun directly as it may lead to eye injury.

A lunar eclipse is due on July 5, with the best viewing over North and South America, southern Europe and Africa. Because the Moon will be a bit closer to Earth, it will block out the Sun's light entirely.

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