Solar eclipse 2020: The eclipsed sun should not be viewed with the naked eye to avoid damage

New Delhi:

People across India started posting photos of the solar eclipse on social media this morning once the planetary event became visible from their cities. People in parts of Rajasthan, Haryana, and Uttarakhand saw the dramatic “ring of fire” in the sky – the first solar eclipse of 2020. People in other parts of India were able to see a partial solar eclipse, also known as Surya Grahan.

Food-delivery app Zomato  was among the first to tweet: “Are y’all eating between 10-2pm today? just confirming.”

are y’all eating between 10-2pm today? just confirming

— Zomato (@ZomatoIN) June 21, 2020

Several temples have been shut in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and other parts of the country.

Many tweeted memes making light of those who have eaten morning meals before the solar eclipse was seen from their cities.

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A solar eclipse always occurs about two weeks before or after a lunar eclipse.

The first solar eclipse of this year coincides with the summer solstice, when the Northern Hemisphere has the longest day. The eclipse will also be visible from Congo, Sudan, Ethiopia, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Pakistan and China.

A solar eclipse occurs on a new moon day when the moon comes in between Earth and the sun, and the moon casts a shadow over the Earth.

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This is the second eclipse this season.

The eclipsed sun should not be viewed with the naked eye, even for a short duration. It may cause permanent damage to the eyes.

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