Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Total Solar Eclipse in India , July 22, 2009

A Total Solar Eclipse will be visible in India on July 22, 2009 from early morning 05:28 hrs to 07:40 hrs (Indian Standard Time). The total solar eclipse will last nearly four minutes — from 6.26 am to 6.30 am — in India and the sun will not be visible at all. In India, Total Lunar Eclipse will be visible in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Varanasi, West Bengal and Northeastern States. According to NASA, the solar eclipse on July 22, 2009 is a ‘Total Solar Eclipse’ and the Moon's umbral shadow on Sun begins in India and crosses through Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, China and ends in the Pacific Ocean.
It is the longest total solar eclipse in the 21st century and will not surpass in duration until next 123 years.
The total solar eclipse in India will be visible in regions around Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), Surat (Gujarat), Darjeeling (West Bengal), Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) and Patna (Bihar).
Majority of the regions in India will not have a view of the Total solar eclipse. As per NASA data, it will be a partial eclipse in Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai.

The path of the Surya Grahan Through India (Image from NASA)

The dark blue double line with circles indicates the path of Total Solar Eclipse which includes central India, Bhutan and parts of China.
The grid area is of partial eclipse. (image from NASA)
(courtesy Hindublog)
TAREGNA, India — Hordes of scientists, students and nature enthusiasts prepared Tuesday for the longest total solar eclipse of this century, while millions planned to shutter themselves indoors, giving in to superstitious myths about the phenomenon.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009. Millions of people across Asia will witness the longest total solar eclipse that will happen this century, as vast swaths of India and China, the entire city of Shanghai and southern Japanese islands are plunged into darkness Wednesday for about five minutes.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009. Millions of people across Asia will witness the longest total solar eclipse that will happen this century, as vast swaths of India and China, the entire city of Shanghai and southern Japanese islands are plunged into darkness Wednesday for about five minutes. (AP
Wednesday's eclipse will first be sighted at dawn in India's Gulf of Khambhat, just north of the metropolis of Mumbai, before being seen in a broad swath moving north and east to Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Bhutan and China.
The eclipse will last 6 minutes and 39 seconds at its maximum point, but will be seen for 3 minutes and 48 seconds in Taregna, an obscure village, 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of the Bihar state capital Patna. Scientists say Taregna will have the clearest view of the eclipse in India.
Over the past week the village has been swamped by researchers who will study scientific phenomena ranging from the behavior of birds and other animals to atmospheric changes affected by the eclipse.
Hotels in Patna were fully booked while taxis raised their rates sensing a brief opportunity in the sudden interest in the village.
Scientists set up telescopes and other equipment in Taregna a day in advance to make the most of the brief window of opportunity provided by the eclipse.
"We are hoping to make some valuable observations on the formation of asteroids around the sun," Pankaj Bhama, a scientist with India's Science Popularization Association of Communicators and Educators, said Tuesday.
A 10-member team of scientists from the premier Indian Institute of Astrophysics in Bangalore and the Indian air force will be flying and filming the eclipse as it becomes visible in different parts of the country, an air force press release said.
Thousands of people lined up outside a planetarium in Patna on Tuesday to buy solar viewing goggles. The goggles, costing 20 rupees (40 cents), are supposed to act as filters and allow people to look at the sun without damaging their eyes.
But millions across India were shunning the sight and planned to stay indoors, gripped by fearful myths.
Across India, even in regions where the eclipse was not visible, pregnant women were advised to stay indoors in curtained rooms over a belief that the sun's invisible rays would harm the fetus and the baby would be born with disfigurations, birthmarks or a congenital defect.
Krati Jain, a software professional in New Delhi, said she planned to take a day off from work Wednesday to avoid what she called "any ill effects of the eclipse on my baby."
"My mother and aunts have called and told me stay in a darkened room with the curtains closed, lie in bed and chant prayers," said Jain, 24, who is expecting her first child.
In the northern Indian state of Punjab, authorities ordered schools to begin an hour later than usual to prevent children from venturing out and gazing at the sun.
Still, it was not all gloom and doom. A travel agency in India is running a charter flight to watch the eclipse by air, with seats facing the sun selling at a premium.
(courtesy Associated Press)

The eclipse will be partially visible in Allahabad my hometown at about 6.24 to 6.26 am.I don 't have proper equipment to shoot photos of the eclipse but will attempt take photos of the atmospheric conditions and the sky.

Looking forward to witnessing this historic planetary event.

It is wonderful to see how our God has appointed the times and seasons for the heavenly bodies. They all function according to his instructions. Not a nano second can slip by un-noticed

Who cannot believe that only Divine Intelligence can create , plan and direct all that is seen and unseen in nature.

"For since the creation of the world God 's invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature-have clearly been seen, being understood from what has been made,so that men are without excuse" Romans 1;20


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tikno said...

Hi Amrita, solar eclipse also can be seen in Indonesia, precisely in Aceh province.

Gerry said...

I am sure an eclipse of the sun has given rise to alarm, superstitions, and other phenomona forever, but I find your report on it very interesting. I will also be very interested in your report following the eclipse! Gerry

A Contrarian's Way said...

Amrita, enjoy the cool eclipse but don't stare... :-)

Thanks for the comment on David as well. He is a very sweet, insightful and Spirit-filled child.

Peace of Christ to you,
Jeremy Z

David said...

photo tips:

Felisol said...

Dear Amrita,
You indeed are a woman of high intelligence and a wide specter of interests.
I guess just therefore your blogs are so interesting, one never know what the next theme will be, just that it will be interesting!

Our family doctor brought his whole family to China some days ago, to witness "the dragon eating the sun".
I hope you'll give me a thorough report from this spectacular event.
From Felisol

John Cowart said...

Hi Amrita,
This sounds like such a wonderful opportunity to view God's handiwork. I wish we could see it here in Florida.

sherri said...

How very interesting! Can't wait to hear your detail description of the event!

Sita said...

Heard the news this morning that it lasted about 6 minutes over Asia. Wow. Tell us more, please.
Love, Sita

Amrita said...

Hi Tikno, I hope you were able to see the eclipse too.

You are right Gerry. Alot of superstition and folk lore surround such events. The doors the hindu temples were closed during the eclipse to protect the gods from the ill-effects of the grahan.Aftereards the temples were cleansed and rituals performed. Women about to deliver were advised to postpone giving birth today.

Hi Jeremy Z, I was OK by God 's grace. My Pastor was viewing the eclipse through an x-ray slide. I tried but couldn 't see much.

Wow Felisol, your Doctor must be really excited about it. Good idea to incorporate a holiday with a day like this.

Hi John, Ima sure you would have given a very eloquent and impressive description account of the eclipse John, you are a historian.

Hello Sita and Sherri, I just finished an update.