'Ring of fire' in morning sky, Are you ready to watch the last solar eclipse of 2019 on 26 Dec?
New Delhi, Dec 24: Are you ready for the final 'Ring of Fire' that would be created by the last solar eclipse of 2019? On Dec 26 morning, when you look up in the sky, there's a chance you might see the sun rimmed with a fiery orange light. The annular solar eclipse is set to occur after sunrise from 9 am to 12.29 pm.
26 December solar eclipse: Where to watch in India
The Surya Grahan on 26 December will be visible in various other cities in India and countries from Malaysia, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, UAE and Borneo.
In India, it is visible only in the southern states of India such as Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The rest of India will only see a partial solar eclipse, which will still be quite spectacular.
Bengaluru will witness some of the best views, with the maximum obscuration of the sun by the moon about 90 per cent in the city, followed by 85 per cent in Chennai, 79 per cent in Mumbai, 70 per cent in Port Blair and 45 per cent in Delhi.
If you're enjoying your Christmas break, fret not.
26 December solar eclipse timings
- Mumbai: 8:04 am-10:55am
- Ahmedabad: 8:06 am-10:52am
- New Delhi: 8.30am-11.32am
- Bengaluru: 8:06 am-11:11am
- Hyderabad: 8:08 am-11:10am
- Chennai: 8:08 am-11:19am
- Kolkata: 8:27 am-11:32am
- Guwahati: 8:39 am-11:36am
- Shillong: 8:39 am-11:37am
- Kohima: 8:45 am-11:44am
Next annual solar eclipse in 2020
Known as the 'Ring of Fire' because only the edges of the sun will protrude around the moon, eclipses occur every year but annular solar eclipses are rare. The next annual solar eclipse will be visible from India on June 21, 2020. It will be an annular solar eclipse.
There are two solar eclipses in 2020, including another annular crossing Africa, Southeast Asia and China, June 21st, and a total solar eclipse crossing the southern tip of South America on December 14th.