November 30, 2023

Solar Eclipse 2022 highlights: Images of the solar eclipse

Solar Eclipse 2022 Time in India, Solar Eclipse in India 2022: The partial solar eclipse or Surya Grahan on October 25 marks the last solar eclipse of the year. The eclipse will be visible from parts of Europe, Northern Africa and large parts of western and central Asia. Most of India should be able to view the solar eclipse, apart from some parts in the Northeast.

During a solar eclipse, the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, stopping some of the Sun’s light from reaching our planet. Typically, there are three kinds of solar eclipses—total solar eclipse, annular eclipse and partial solar eclipse. During a total eclipse, the Moon will completely cover the Sun. During an annular solar eclipse, the Moon will not fully cover the Sun but will leave an edge visible. During a partial solar eclipse, like the one happening on October 25, the Sun will be partly covered by the Moon as it passes in front of it.

According to Time and Date, the partial solar eclipse will begin at 2.28 PM IST and the maximum eclipse will be at 4.30 PM. The table below shows at what time the eclipse will start and have its maximum in different Indian cities.


View of the solar eclipse from Patna
View of the solar eclipse from New Delhi
What would a solar eclipse look like on Mars?

If you have wondered what a solar eclipse would look like on Mars, wonder no more. NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover captured the below video of Phobos, one Mars’ two moons, eclipsing the Sun. According to the American space agency, it is the most zoomed-in, highest frame-rate observation of a solar eclipse taken from the Martian surface.


Why do some temples remain closed during Surya Grahan?

According to astrologers, some temples remain closed during a solar eclipse or Surya Grahan because of “the amount of negative energy released” during it, which is. Click here to read more about the astrological significance of solar eclipses and ancient beliefs about them.

Ancient eclipse records

Around 1200 BC, scribes in Anyang in China recorded eclipses on oxen’ shoulder blades and tortoise shells, called oxen bones, according to NASA. “The Sun has been eaten, says on of the eclipse records. In the 1980s and 1990s, astronomers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory studied these records to research changes in our planet’s rotation.

The eclipses studied for this research occurred in 1226 BC, 1198 BC, 1172 BC, 1163 BC, and 1161 BC. If the Earth was rotating at the same speed it is now, these eclipses should have happened thousands of kilometres away from Anyang, according to NASA. Based on this, scientists concluded that the rotation of the Earth had slowed by 47-thousands of a second per day in the last 3,200 years.