Celestial spectacle: total solar eclipse to enchant sky watchers today

Celestial spectacle: total solar eclipse to enchant sky watchers today

A total solar eclipse is set to occur today, revealing the Sun's enigmatic corona for around four minutes. However, the celestial spectacle won't be visible from India.

Story highlights
  • A total solar eclipse is occurring today.
  • Sun's outer layer, the corona, will be visible for around four minutes.
  • The event won't be visible from India, but can be watched via NASA's live stream

Today marks a special event in the skies as a total solar eclipse is set to occur. This rare phenomenon happens when the Moon moves between the Sun and Earth, temporarily blocking out the Sun's light.

For about 4 minutes, the Sun will be completely obscured, revealing its mysterious outer layer known as the corona. This eclipse is expected to be one of the most significant celestial events of 2024, offering skywatchers a remarkable sight.

Although people in India won't be able to witness the total eclipse, those in Colombia, Spain, Venezuela, Ireland, Portal, Iceland, the United Kingdom, and select Caribbean countries can catch a glimpse of a partial eclipse.

In anticipation of this awe-inspiring event, Google has prepared a special animation. Users searching for "solar eclipse" on Google will be treated to a graphic overlay illustrating the moment when the Moon passes in front of the Sun, revealing the corona.

NASA is also offering an opportunity to experience the total solar eclipse through a live stream. The space agency's coverage will begin at 5:00 pm GMT (10:30 pm IST) and continue until 8:00 pm GMT (1:30 am IST). While the entire event will last about two and a half hours, the total eclipse phase will only endure for around four minutes.

Edited By: sanchayaita roy
Published On: Apr 08, 2024