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Solar Eclipse 2020: How Is It Different, Where Can It Be Seen In India

Also, it can be viewed from and southern China  and some parts of the world.

It should be mentioned here that Annular eclipses occur when the Moon — on its voyage passes between the earth and Sun, but is not close enough to the planet to completely block off the sunlight. It then leaves a spectacular thin ring of sun visible and this is what can be seen from the planet. This phenomenon occurs every year or two and the sights in the sky can only been seen from a narrow pathway all across the planet.

What is remarkable this year is that it will take place on Sunday when the northern hemisphere will pass through the longest day of the year — which is the summer solstice. On this particular day, the north pole is aligned directly towards the Sun.

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Called the "ring of fire", the shades of brilliance can be first seen in north-eastern Republic of Congo at 5:56 local time (10:26am IST) which is just few minutes after sunrise.

In India, people in Hyderabad will be able to see the annular solar eclipse at around 10:14 am when the shadow of Moon will partly obscure the Sun.

As per the Planetary Society of India, this annular phase can be seen at only in few places in northern India.

Different parts in India can see the eclipse at different times:

In Kolkata, the partial eclipse can be seen at 10:46 am and it will end at 2:17 pm. In New Delhi, the timing will be from 10:20 am to 1:48 pm in New Delhi. We head west and it can be seen from 10 am to 1:27 pm in Mumbai and then as we move south, one can see the eclipse from 10:22 am to 1:41 pm in Chennai and then between 10.13 am and 1.31 pm in Bengaluru.