|Reuters: Belitung in Indonesia was the best place to witness the total solar eclipse|
This year of 2016 there will be four eclipses which India will witness:
• Total solar eclipse on 9th March, 2016
• Lunar eclipse on 23rd March
• Solar eclipse on 1st September
• Lunar eclipse on 16th September
A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon covers the sun completely and blocks the entire sunlight whereas an annual solar eclipse or a partial solar eclipse occurs when the moon covers the sun partially and only a certain percentage of light gets blocked. It is believed in India that during the time of solar eclipse people here avoid taking food and drinking water. The sun rays are believed to be harmful and can bring adverse effects on one’s health during this duration of solar eclipse. People prefer to stay indoors during solar eclipse.
An eclipse is believed to be a natural phenomenon where it is considered to be a bad omen in ancient as well as modern cultures. People avoid direct eye contact during solar eclipse and hence use some indirect techniques to view the sun. It is absolutely not safe to view the sun through naked eye as it can damage our eyesight. The figure on the left hand side shows about the details of the solar eclipse which took place on 9th March, 2016. It shows those zones and regions of the world which had experienced the solar eclipse yesterday. As seen from the given figure of the world map it is observed that mostly the eastern, north eastern and south eastern part of India witnessed the solar eclipse.
Article by Anisha Dutta