Solar eclipse begins, first visible from Cheruvathur
Cheruvathur: The annual solar eclipse which will be seen today in parts of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka occurs when the moon comes between the Sun and Earth. Cheruvathur in Kerala will be the first place in India where the solar eclipse will be visible. A large crowd has assembled in a place to have a glimpse of the solar spectacle.
The celestial spectacle will be visible in Malabar region for only about 2 minutes 15 seconds.
The Sun appears as a ring. Thursday's eclipse will be visible in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam.
The Sabarimala temple will remain closed for about 4 hours due to the annual solar eclipse.
It is reported that people can view the solar eclipse clearly from Wayanad and Northern Kerala.
The eclipse can be viewed in Kerala between 8.05 am to 11.10 am. The full eclipse would be visible only by 11 am. The total eclipse will be for 3.12 hours.
Population centers in the path of the annularity include Udhagamandalam, Kozhikode, Coimbatore, Jaffna, Trincomalee, Singapore, Singkawang and Guam.
In the Indian sub-continent, the annularity phases will be seen within a narrow path grazing the southern Indian peninsula through Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu before crossing the Bay of Bengal for northern Sri Lanka.
The people of the southern part of the country will be fortunate to see a greater part of the partial solar eclipse because of the geometry of the eclipse path. But every Indian will get an opportunity to see at least a partial eclipse.
In India the maximum duration of the annularity phases will be just over 3 minutes.