Hybrid photo voltaic eclipse on April 20

A hybrid photo voltaic eclipse will happen on April 20 lasting about 5 hours and 25 minutes.

The eclipse would begin at 7.04 a.m. and finish at 12.29 p.m. It will likely be seen in East and South-East Asia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Australia, amongst different international locations, however won’t be seen in India.

There are several types of eclipses – whole, annular, hybrid and partial.

What is exclusive about this eclipse

“A hybrid eclipse is a very interesting one. As the shadow of the moon travels over the earth, an annular or total eclipse is seen. The reason is a slight mismatch of the angular size of the moon and the sun. It is annular where the moon fails to cover the sun completely. This time, the shadow of the moon falls mostly over the sea – starting over the Indian Ocean and ending over the Pacific Ocean in between, it falls over small areas of land,” mentioned R.C. Kapoor, who was previously with the Indian Institute of Astrophysics.

Mr. Kapoor mentioned that the favored locations to catch the eclipse are Exmouth and Ningaloo in Western Australia.

“The other places are in Timor Leste and Papua West. The longest duration of totality is 76 seconds. Still there is a mad rush to make it to those places,” Mr. Kapoor mentioned.

He added that it’s not protected to take a look at the solar throughout the eclipse.

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