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Solar eclipse 2021: Cities around the world witness Surya Grahan

By Anuj Cariappa
Google Oneindia News

New Delhi, Dec 04: The last and final solar eclipse of the year graced the sky today when the moon moved between the Sun and Earth for one last time this year.

The astronomical event began at 10:59 am. During eclipse, the Moon blocks the Sun's light in the southern hemisphere, casting a shadow in some areas on Earth. Antarctica will be the only place on Earth to experience a full solar eclipse as the Sun, Moon, and our planet will fall in a direct line.

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    4:08 PM, 4 Dec
    Last solar eclipse of 2021 has ended
    2:30 PM, 4 Dec
    Last eclipse of 2021
    2:12 PM, 4 Dec
    A glimpse of today's total solar eclipse.
    2:09 PM, 4 Dec
    A total solar eclipse is seen from Union Glacier, Antarctica.
    12:37 PM, 4 Dec
    The stream began at 12 pm IST and end at 2.07 pm IST.
    12:36 PM, 4 Dec
    A view of the solar eclipse will be livestreamed from Union Glacier, Antarctica.
    12:05 PM, 4 Dec
    Astronomy enthusiasts around the globe can watch the celestial event live on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) official website and YouTube channel.
    11:40 AM, 4 Dec
    The solar eclipse will last for four hours and eight minutes, starting at 12:30 pm and reaching its peak at 1:03 pm.
    11:40 AM, 4 Dec
    Is Solar eclipse safe for women? While it is not proven scientifically, that a solar eclipse can affect pregnancy, there are religious and astrological beliefs that solar eclipse or Surya Grahan is an inauspicious period during which evil forces are active, especially harmful for pregnant women.
    11:18 AM, 4 Dec
    Are the filters safe to use to look at the Sun? NO. If a filter screws into an eyepiece, which will be attached to the back (eye side) of the telescope, it is NOT safe to use.
    11:05 AM, 4 Dec
    One can also see reddish prominence peeking around the edge of the Moon; these are loops of magnetic field, that confine ionized gases. Prominences can sometimes erupt while the eclipse is happening, creating a magnificent display.
    10:46 AM, 4 Dec
    What can I expect to see during a solar eclipse? During a total solar eclipse, we see the beautiful corona (meaning crown) of the Sun. Every corona looks different, so each total solar eclipse is a totally different experience. Before and after totality however, the eclipse moves through partial phases, as the Moon progressively covers or uncovers the face of the Sun.
    10:25 AM, 4 Dec
    Why doesn't a solar eclipse happen once a month? According to NAS, the orbits of the Sun, Moon, and Earth don't lie in the same plane. Think of a table top. If the Earth, Sun, and Moon are on the table top, they are in the same plane. But, sometimes the Moon will be a bit above the table top, other times a bit below. Only when the Moon and Sun are on the "table top" can an eclipse occur.
    10:12 AM, 4 Dec
    It is suggested that you watch the sun through a box projector or using binoculars or telescopes as this is an easy and safe way to view a solar eclipse.
    9:40 AM, 4 Dec
    It is recommended not to view the eclipse with the naked eye as it can result in serious damage to the eyes.
    9:21 AM, 4 Dec
    People in parts of Saint Helena, Namibia, Lesotho, South Africa, South Georgia and Sandwich Islands, Crozet Islands, Falkland Islands, Chile, New Zealand, and Australia will experience a partial solar eclipse today.
    12:44 AM, 4 Dec
    What are the dos and don'ts of solar eclipse 2021?
    According to the Hindu religion, people follow some rules during the solar eclipse. Many people do not use a sharp object during the eclipse while many do not prefer eating during the solar eclipse. However, it is said that one should eat at least two hours before an eclipse. Pregnant women are advised not to venture outside the home during solar eclipse. They should stay indoors during the Sutak period. By doing this, the harmful rays of the sun do not affect the woman and the foetus.
    12:33 AM, 4 Dec
    Will Sutak be applicable during this Purna Surya Grahan?
    Sutak is applicable only when the Solar Eclipse or a Lunar eclipse is visible to the naked eye. Moreover, the Grahan, which is expected to occur today, will not be visible in India.
    12:32 AM, 4 Dec
    What is Sutak?
    Sutak (period of abstention) is observed during a Grahan. People follow a set of rules during this period which starts a few hours before the Grahan and ends with it.
    5:45 PM, 3 Dec
    Will the Eclipse be visible from India?
    No, it won't be. But, one can catch the Surya Grahan live on various live streams.
    5:45 PM, 3 Dec
    What is a total and partial Solar Eclipse?
    A Total Solar Eclipse happens when the New Moon passes directly between the Sun and the Earth, casting the deepest part of the Moon's shadow, the umbra, on Earth. During a partial solar eclipse, the Moon, the Sun and Earth don't align in a perfectly straight line, and the Moon casts only the outer part of its shadow, the penumbra, on Earth.
    5:00 PM, 3 Dec
    How can you watch it?
    Nasa will live stream a view of the total solar eclipse from Union Glacier in Antarctica. The occasion will be live streamed on NASA's YouTube channel. The streaming will start at 1:30am EST (12pm IST) and the stream ends at 3:37 am (2.07pm IST).
    5:00 PM, 3 Dec
    Solar Eclipse 2021 will be visible in these places
    The total Solar Eclipse will only be visible in parts of South America, Australia, South Africa and countries in Southern Atlantic, apart from Antarctica. In India, this solar eclipse will not be seen this time.

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