Total Solar Eclipse after 2 years

Today, July 2, parts of South America and South Pacific regions will be witnessing the total solar eclipse. Sky watchers and astronomers can witness the eclipse from the parts of Chile and Argentina. According to NASA, this eclipse will last for around 4 minutes 32 seconds.

Eclipse visible areas

What is solar eclipse?

Solar Eclipse occurs when a moon casts a shadow on the earth by blocking the sun, fully or partially. The innermost and the darkest region of the shadow is umbra whereas the lighter regions are penumbra.

Observers in the umbra region can witness the total solar eclipse and the observers in the penumbra region can witness the partial solar eclipse.

Today’s eclipse

Total Solar Eclipse is special because it reveals the outer atmosphere of the Sun: Corona. Bright sunlight usually hides the outer corona making it difficult to observe without special instruments. Total Solar Eclipse is an excellent opportunity for astronomers and astrophysicist to observe and study the less known outer atmosphere of our Sun.

Among the many astrophysicists and space scientists gathering in Argentina, a team of researchers from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Kolkata, is all set to test their corona prediction model – a computer-based model to predict the hidden corona.

Sun’s Corona on Total Solar Eclipse of 1999 | Image: Luc Viatour ( CC BY-SA 3.0 )

How to see?

It’s okay to not to go all the way to Chile or Argentina to witness this event. For all enthusiast like us, technology has made it possible to observe the eclipse in the comfort of our home.

Here is the live stream window of European Southern Observatory. The stream will began at 12:15pm PST

For Indian viewers, the live stream starts at July 3, 2019, 12:45 am

Other live streaming options are:

Article by M R Raghul 

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