April 6, 2020 | 2:39 PM IST
solar eclipse

Experts advise witnessing Thursday’s solar eclipse using only solar glasses

The last and major cosmic event of 2019 - solar eclipse - will occur on Thursday and will be visible to people in South India. Most Asian nations apart from eastern Africa, Northern Australia and the Middle East will also be able to witness a partial solar eclipse.

The major celestial event will commence at 8 am and the disc of the moon will start creeping over the Sun from its Western edge. The maximum eclipse will be around 9.30 am forming the ‘ring of fire’ and will conclude around 11.16 am.

A solar eclipse occurs when the sun, moon and the earth come in a line or to explain it better when the moon comes in between the sun and the earth. The eclipse makes the sun appear in different crescent sizes.

In South India, special binoculars and telescopes have been set up in Mangalore in Karnataka; Telicherry, Calicut and Palghat in Kerala; Ooty, Coimbatore, Pollachi, Tiruppur, Palani, Dindugal, Karur, Erode, Trichy, Pudukottai, Karaikudi, Ammapattinam, and Muttupettai in Tamil Nadu.

However, the experts have advised the onlookers to use only solar glasses to witness the event. They have categorically refrained people from using sunglasses, X-rays, etc., to see the solar eclipse. Not taking proper care could lead to loss of eyesight.

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