Solar Eclipse 2023 highlights On April 20, NASA Shares Details

Today marks the occurrence of the first solar eclipse of the year, which is anticipated to be a unique celestial display known as a “hybrid solar eclipse.” Unfortunately, viewers in various Asian countries, including India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Afghanistan, Fiji, Mauritius, the UAE, and those in the Atlantic Ocean, Africa, Europe, and the Americas, will be unable to witness any of the eclipses.

However, a partial solar eclipse will be visible from numerous locations, such as Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, the Pacific and Indian Oceans, Antarctica, and Southeast Asia.

In India, the eclipse will occur from 7:04 am to 12:29 pm IST. The hybrid eclipse of April 20, 2023, is expected to have a magnitude of 1.01 according to Drik Panchang. At the peak of the eclipse, the sun will be completely obscured by the moon’s shadow, with the longest period of totality lasting 1 minute and 15 seconds.

Hybrid eclipses, by definition, are a mixture of total and annular eclipses, with the former occurring when the moon completely blocks the sun as it passes between it and the Earth, and the latter occurring when the moon is farthest from Earth and appears smaller than the sun, resulting in a ring of sunlight around it.

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