‘2 of 5 eclipses in 2019 to be visible in India’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 29 Dec 2018 09:05:41





ASTRONOMY enthusiasts and skygazers will be able to watch five eclipses in 2019, two of which will be visible in India. It will start with a partial solar eclipse on January 6, though it will not be visible in India, Dr Rajendraprakash Gupt, Superintendent of the Ujjain-based Jiwaji Observatory, told ‘PTI’.

On January 21, a total lunar eclipse will take place which too would not be visible in India as it would be daytime here, he informed. Similarly, a total solar eclipse that will occur on July 2-3 will not be visible in India as it would be night here, Dr Gupt said.

A partial lunar eclipse set to take place on July 16-17 will be visible in India as well as an annular (ring-shaped) solar eclipse on December 26, he said.

He said that five eclipses were seen in 2018, two of which were total lunar eclipses and three were partial solar eclipses.
A solar eclipse occurs when an observer (on Earth) passes through the shadow cast by the Moon which fully or partially blocks (‘occults’) the Sun.