Overcast sky may spoil chances of watching solar eclipse

August 1st, 2008 - 2:29 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 1 (IANS) An overcast sky may spoil the excitement of watching Friday’s solar eclipse in the national capital since the weatherman has forecast rain and thundershowers. “The weather overall seems bad and going by the meteorological department’s forecast for Delhi, the chances of watching the solar eclipse are low,” N. Rathnashree, Nehru Planetarium director, told IANS.

In New Delhi, the eclipse begins at 4.03 p.m. and ends at 5.56 p.m. The eclipse peaks at 5:02 p.m., when about 62.4 percent of the sun’s diameter is eclipsed.

“If the cloud cover clears between 4 to 6 p.m., Delhi is set to see quite a large fraction of the disk of the sun covered by the moon during this eclipse,” Rathnashree said.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast a partially cloudy sky with possibility of rain and thundershowers.

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