Do celestial happenings and developments amuse you? If so, you have just missed a partial solar eclipse, while it was a dark night outside and u did not have an inkling of it.
But if you are in India, sorry for you, since it did not occur here!
The said eclipse happened around 7.18 am to 9.43 am (IST) and was visible in different regions of the world. These regions include Australia, New Zealand, and Antarctica
If you do not know about the partial solar eclipse, it is better to get acquainted yourself. You should know which are the features, which makes it different from a “total” one. The US space agency NASA, which is responsible for exploring these types of occurrences in the sky, has an explanation. According to it, it is the first of its kind when the sun, the earth and the moon are not properly lined up. In other explanation, it says that the three bodies must adhere to be in a direct line.
What advice NASA offers about observing solar eclipses is interesting too. It warns that no one should look directly at the sun, under any circumstances. It can permanently damage the retina of your eyes which will make you visually impaired. The people who deal in such events must also use proper safety equipment to look at any type of solar eclipse.
If you are still feeling bad that you got up a bit too late today and missed the important space event, there is a good news.
The enthusiasts who have interest in astronomy would get plenty of occasions to look forward to this month.
The NASA claims that on the intervening night of July 27 and 28, the moon will be totally eclipsed for an hour and 43 minutes. Moreover, it will also be visible from a maximum of regions of India. The timings will be at or after 11.54 pm on July 27.
Similarly, on July 31, Mars will be measured at 57.6 million kilometres from the Earth. It will be a nice feeling when one would practically be a part of it. In fact, the Mars is the closest to the Red Planet, which has been orbiting here since 2003.
So, practically in every region in India, Mars could be spotted in the night sky after sunset till sunrise on the date and time. It will be visible as long as monsoon clouds don’t hinder the visibility.