Summer solstice, Here are some facts about Solar Eclipse on June 21

On June 21, you will witness an annular solar eclipse which will show a ring of fire during the eclipse also called the Annulus, Summer solstice

Summer solstice, Here are some facts about Solar Eclipse on June 21

We are approaching the Annular solar eclipse of the year. But, it’s not a regular one, it is special this time because it shares the date with the summer solstice which is the longest day of 2020.

Unlike the lunar eclipse, you should never observe a sole eclipse with bare eyes. It is always advised to use protective eyeglasses, binoculars, box projector or a telescope to safely witness it.

What is a Solar eclipse (Surya Grahan)?

When the moon is between the sun and earth in space, the moon blocks the light of the sun from reaching our planet. This causes a Solar Eclipse or Surya Grahan. During a solar eclipse, the moon casts a shadow onto Earth; the first shadow is known as the umbra while the second shadow is called the penumbra.

Solar Eclipse June 2020: India timing and facts you should know

According to, the solar eclipse of June 21 will start at 9:15 am and end at 3:04 pm in India. The sun will appear like a ‘ring of fire’ in the sky. This is said to be a rare event that can only be experienced along a relatively narrow strip on the Earth’s surface.

               Date       Time                    Solar Eclipse

  • June 21 9:15 am                Partial eclipse begins
  • June 21 10:17 am              Full eclipse begins
  • June 21 12:10 pm              Eclipse reaches its peak
  • June 21 2:02 pm                Full eclipse ends
  • June 21 1:04 pm                Partial eclipse ends

If you miss this year’s first solar eclipse on June 21, then you will have to wait for December 14-15 to observe it.

Facts about solar eclipse

There are three types of solar eclipses – Total, Annular and Partial. This will be an annular solar eclipse which occurs when the moon is farther away in its orbit than usual, making it appear extremely small to completely cover the sun’s disk.

Both solar and lunar eclipse starts at one location and end at another.

There can be two and as many as five solar eclipses in a year.

Total eclipses are a rare phenomenon that happens only once every 18 months. NASA says they are not noticeable until the sun is covered by the moon by at least 90 per cent.

The longest duration for a total solar eclipse is 7.5 minutes.

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