India to miss partial solar eclipse

May 31st, 2011 - 10:29 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, May 31 (IANS) Sky gazers in India will miss the year’s second partial solar eclipse Wednesday as it will not be visible in the country.

The partial solar eclipse begins Wednesday at sunrise in Siberia and northern China where the shadow first touches earth at 10.55 p.m. (Indian time).

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, and the Moon fully or partially obscures the Sun as viewed from an Earth location.

“This eclipse will not be visible in India as it is happening late night for us,” said a statement issued by the Science Popularisation Association of Communicators and Educators (SPACE).

SPACE is a scientific organisation working to spread space education.

People in eastern Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina will witness it in totality, it said.

2011 has bought six opportunities to witness eclipses (four solar and two lunar eclipses).

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