Partial solar eclipse appears in Kerala
Kozhikode: The first solar eclipse of this year started being visible in many places. A three-hour long annular solar eclipse will appear in North Indian states like Uttar Pradesh and Haryana whereas only partial solar eclipse will be seen in Kerala. The eclipse can be seen upto 30-40 percent only in the state.
The solar eclipse started appearing at various places in Kerala between 10.05 am and 10.10 am. It ended before 1.30 pm. The greatest phase of eclipse was seen in Kerala between 11.35 am and 11.40 am and it lasted upto 1.20 pm.
The eclipse appears in the northeast area of the sky. The Sun will be obscured by the moon for upto 30-40 percent maximum. The sight is likely to be covered by rain clouds as the monsoon has started already.
A solar eclipse occurs on a new moon day when the Moon comes between the Earth and the Sun and when all the three objects are aligned. Sun should not be viewed with the naked eye, even for a very short time as it can cause permanent damage to eyes leading to blindness even when the Moon covers most portion of the Sun.
Safe technique to observe the solar eclipse is either by using proper filter like aluminised mylar, black polymer, welding glass of shade number 14 or by making projection of the Sun's image on a white board by telescope.
(With inputs from PTI)