Solar eclipse witnessed in TN, temples closed

The annual solar eclipse was today witnessed by scores of people across Tamil Nadu as it was visible in different parts of the State.

Many temples in the State were closed in line with the
rituals. The last eclipse of the year was well visible to people living in various parts of the state including Chennai.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: Like many Indians, I was enthusiastic about #solareclipse2019. Unfortunately, I could not see the Sun due to cloud cover but I did catch glimpses of the eclipse in Kozhikode and other parts on live stream. Also enriched my knowledge on the subject by interacting with experts.”

Exposing your eyes to the sun without proper eye protection during a solar eclipse can cause “eclipse blindness” or retinal burns, also known as solar retinopathy, say opthalmologists.

During the solar eclipse, the Moon won’t be able to completely cover the Sun and so, the Sun appeared as a ‘Ring of Fire’ — a disc with its edges illuminated. The ‘surya grahan’ was initially visible most prominently from South India cities in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka are among places where the solar eclipse was visible fully.

The annular eclipse is different from the solar eclipse. The latter occurs when the moon travels between the path of the sun and the earth and casts its shadow on the planet. As against it, the annular eclipse where the satellite blocks the sun thereby forms the ring.