Partial solar eclipse in 4th January 2011 | Partial solar eclipse can be seen through projection of long focal length telescope

Partial solar eclipse in 4th January 2011 | Partial solar eclipse can be seen through projection of long focal length telescope
Partial solar eclipse
On 4th January 2011, a partial solar eclipse can be seen. This will be first one in the New Year. Delhi residents can have glimpse of eclipse from 3.12pm to 3.52pm when the sky is clear enough.

Moon comes between the Sun and the Earth and this is when the solar eclipse occurs. Based on the position, moon will be obstructing the view of Sun from Earth, either partially or totally.

Because of the reason that the moon would be able to cover only 2.7% of the Sun’s diameter, it would be difficult for the residents of Delhi to have a look at this partial eclipse. In other places also, it would be difficult to watch this partial eclipse because the extent of eclipse ranges between zero to twenty percent.  Hence it is not easily visible.

For viewing the eclipse, one has to use long focal length telescope. Through its projection, it is possible to view this partial eclipse. 3.32pm is the best time to view eclipse since it will be at its peak. Nehru planetarium is conducting special session on eclipse from 3pm to 4pm. Before that, live show will be conducted by the planetarium from 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm. It shows the transition of moon before the commencement of actual eclipse.

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