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Longest Solar Eclipse of the century for Indians on 22 July – Watch it safely

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The solar Eclipse is a most  spectacular astronomical event that most people will experience in their lives. Thousands of astronomers (both amateur and professional) travel around the world to observe and photograph them.Now another solar Eclipse coming on Jul 22. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity, it will never going to come in your life again. The next one will be after 105 years ie 03 Jun 2114. One more attraction is the Eclipse is at morning hours,which gives a wonderful opportunity to take fascinating photographs with less fear of accidental naked eye exposure.

Eclipse in India:


Coverage of eclips (courtesy aaadelhi.org)

This eclipse is the 21st centuries longest solar eclipse. The total duration is expected to be 6 minutes . As per the words of N. Rathnasree, Director, Nehru Planetarium  “This eclipse is of special interest for the scientists and general public of India as its path of totality passes through thickly populated regions of west, central, east and north-east India.” Eclipse begins at 05:28 AM and ends around 10:42 AM. It is not safe to watch the partial solar eclipse directly without using special apparatus. Failure to use proper observing methods may result in permanent eye damage or severe visual loss.

How to watch safely

Direct methods:

The only time that the Sun can be viewed safely with the naked eye is during a total eclipse, when the Moon completely covers the disk of the Sun. It‘s dangerous to watch with naked eyes a partial solar eclipse.The easiest method is use a welder’s goggle or glass (number 14), which is an effective, safe  cheap filter to watch. Another one is Aluminized mylar specially manufactured for solar observation (check with nearest planetarium or space / science club for availability).

Indirect methods (Safest)

image0011Get two sheets of white paper. Stiff cardboard is best.Punch a small hole in the center of one of the sheets. The hole should be about the size of a pencil point.Turn your back to the sun and hold the sheet with the hole up so that the sun is shining on one of the flat sides and through the hole.Hold the second sheet in the shadow of the first, about 1/2 meter (2 feet) away. An image of the eclipsed sun should appear.Move the sheets closer to each other to get a smaller, sharper image.

Make a pinhole projection Box

It’s the popular methods followed by the amateurs to view the partial solar eclipse.Make a pinhole camera using a hardboard box and watch the eclipse as shown82-5001

Digital camera to take shots:

Using a digital camera it’s easy to take shots or record the eclipse. Will get wonderful shots since the eclips is in the morning time. (Caution: Don’t look in to sun directly through the eye piece of camera) More details here.


  • Don’t watch sun through bare eye.
  • Don’t Use  X ray films, carbonated/smoked glasses, sunglasses to watch directly.
  • Don’t watch sun directly with  binoculars and telescope without appropriate standard filters.
  • Use the safest method of watching (Pin hole projection)
  • Never shoot the eclyps by viewing the sun through eye piece of camera.

Don’t adict to the roumers and myths on Eclipse. It’s a fully explained phenomena. Follow proper safety precautions and enjoy this wonderful feast of the universe. Get up early on 22nd July, It will not comeback, the one and only chance in your whole life!! Enjoy the eclipse and write your feedbacks.


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