Four eclipses in 2021, two visible in India

There will be four eclipses in 2021, including a total solar eclipse and a total lunar eclipse, but only two will be visible from India, said Ujjain-based Jiwaji Observatory Superintendent Dr Rajendraprakash Gupt.

He told PTI that the first of those events will take place on May 26 and will be seen in parts of West Bengal, the Odisha coast and the northeastern states except Sikkim, as the moon is visible earlier in these places than in other parts. from the country.

“The earth will cover the moon by 101.6% during this astronomical event,” he said.

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the earth is between the sun and the moon.

Gupt said that the June 10 annular solar eclipse would not be visible in India and that in this case the moon would move between the sun and the earth, which would allow the sun to cover 94.3% and to be considered a “ ring of fire ”. .

He said the partial lunar eclipse on November 19 can be seen from Arunachal Pradesh and parts of Assam for a very short time.

“At the height of this event, 97.9% of the moon will be seen covered by earth’s shadow. The total solar eclipse of December 4, the last of 2021, will however not be visible from India, ”he added.

This year there were two solar eclipses and four lunar eclipses.