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The Science of Solar Eclipse

Both modern and ancient poetry has been revolving around natural wonders like the sun; moon the earth since time immemorial. Time and over again, there have been innumerable stories about phenomena such as eclipses // involving the three. Eclipses have occurred often in mythology and literature of different cultures and different ages.

Eclipses have long been regarded as a sign of bad omen. It would have remained so if not for the dawn of a new era called astrophysics. It is usually perceived by many as a symbol of obliteration, fear, and the overthrow of the natural order of things. The word “ Eclipse” hails from a Greek origin, literally meaning “abandonment”.

There have been certain myths’ regarding the occurrence of eclipses such as the eclipse is nothing but an embodiment of a dragon or demon, trying to devour the Sun, held in high regard. These myths were soon replaced by scientific knowledge as a mechanistic, logical view of the universe grew. It soon marked the dawn of a new subject called astrophysics.

It is now known that a Solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between Earth and Sun. If the moon's shadow happens to fall upon Earth's surface at that time, then we see some portion of the Sun's disk covered or 'eclipsed' by the Moon. An annular eclipse differs from a total eclipse in that the Moon appears too small to completely cover the Sun. As a result, the Moon is surrounded by an intensely brilliant ring or annulus formed by the uneclipsed outer perimeter of the Sun's disk.

On Monday, October 03, an annular eclipse of the Sun will be visible from within a narrow corridor, which traverses the Iberian Peninsula and stretches across the African continent. A partial eclipse will be seen in area including Europe, western Asia, the Middle East, India and most of Africa.

Partial eclipses, annular eclipses, and the partial phases of total eclipses are never safe to watch without taking special precauti
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