India witnesses millennium's longest solar eclipse

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India witnesses Millennium's longest solar eclipse
Kanyakumari, Jan 15: The millennium's longest annular solar eclipse began at 11.06 am on Friday, Jan 15, in this Tamil Nadu city.

Thousands of people converged here to watch the celestial spectacle.

Speaking to reporters, Rajendra Ratnoo, district collector of Kanyakumari said, "Television sets have been set up at the viewing centre near the Public Works Department guesthouse. A telescope has been connected to a plasma TV for people to see."

He said around 750 students from 25 states have come to Kanyakumari to witness the celestial spectacle.

Seven telescopes have been set up in addition where facilities have been made to view the eclipse through pin hole and mirror projection.

Scientists and common people gathered at Kanyakumari, Rameshwaram and nearby Danushkodi to witness and study this rare celestial phenomenon.

The last time India saw this 'Ring of Fire' was Nov 22, 1965, and it will not be witnessed again before June 21, 2020.

The next longest annular solar eclipse will be seen in 3043 and hence Friday's eclipse is considered as Pongal Bonus.

For more information or queries on solar eclipse call 0120-4341684.

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