This morning we get ready for the spectacle of one of the most complete PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSES OF 2010 over the sleepy backwaters.
The moon will first touch the sun at 11.05am, gaining its maximum magnitude at 13:14 obscuring 81.8% of the sun. Elsewhere at this time, an Annular Eclipse is occurring. Here, the Sun - Moon alignment is perfect beneath the centre line. The moon is farther from the Earth than normal and hence its apparent size is not quite sufficient to cover the sun completely. Under the centre line the Moon would appear slightly smaller in diameter than the Sun and a thin ring of sunlight will remain visible around the dark silhouette of the moon.
Eclipse site co-ordinates
76¬į 14‚Ä≤ 00‚Ä≥E, 9¬į55‚Ä≤ 00‚Ä≥N
As our Eclipse location is just outside the centre line of the moon's path (not directly beneath the centre line) 81.91% of the sun will be covered. It is close to being an Annular Eclipse though not quite and hence the phenomena we will see is termed a partial eclipse. One of the best ones at that! The sun will seem to peek out from behind the moon in a thin extended crescent shape, as if the moon had taken a big bite out of the sun! As the event unfolds the sky will change to a deep purple as the horizon falls into shades of orange and red.
11.05am - The moon first touches the sun - start of the partial eclipse (1st contact).
13.14pm - The moon reaches its maximum magnitude and obscuration of 81.91%
15.05pm - The moon is no longer blocking the sun - end of the eclipse (4th contact)
After witnessing this unusual natural phenomenon we have the rest of the day free to relax, why not do some nature watching, explore the mangrove forests and maybe seek out a coconut! Overnight - Kumarakom