The year 2021 will witness four eclipses, including one total solar eclipse and one total lunar eclipse. Two of the eclipses will be visible from India, Ujjain-based Jiwaji Observatory’s Superintendent Dr Rajendraprakash Gupt has said.
The first of these events will occur on May 26, Gupt told PTI. He further said that this event will be visible in parts of West Bengal, coastal Odisha and in the north-eastern states, except Sikkim.
This is because the moon is visible earlier in these regions than in other parts of the country. .
“The earth will cover the moon by 101.6 per cent during this astronomical event,” Gupt said.
A total lunar eclipse takes place when the earth is between the sun and the moon.
The annular solar eclipse, which will occur on June 10, would not be visible in India, Gupt said. In this event, the moon will be situated between the sun and the earth, which means that the sun will get 94.3% covered and will appear as a “ring of fire”.
The partial lunar eclipse, which will take place on November 19, will be visible from Arunachal Pradesh and some parts of Assam for a very short period of time.
“At the peak of this event, 97.9 per cent of the moon will be seen covered by the earth’s shadow. The total solar eclipse on December 4, the last of 2021, will, however, not be visible from India,” he said.