Jul 16, 2009
A total solar eclipse is about to occur in parts of North India on July 22nd, creating excitement among astronomy enthusiasts. The eclipse can be witnessed from 13 states, but the best views are said to occur in Bihar.
In Patna, the eclipse is expected to last for 3 minutes and 30 seconds, the longest duration in India. At a point somewhere in the pacific ocean, the eclipse can be witnessed for more than 6 minutes. A little village called Taregana in Bihar is chosen as the ideal place to view the eclipse. There is much excitement in the village as lot of people - scientists as well as enthusiasts - are likely to arrive to see the phenomenon.
The eclipse occurs at 6am on July 22nd. If you are not able to be there to see it, expect to see live coverage in some television channels. Stay tuned to this column for more details.
More information on the eclipse:
- Eclipse fever in India village - http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south'asia/8149149.stm
- All roads lead to Taregana - http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/NEWS-City-Patna-All-roads-lead-to-Taregna/articleshow/4777009.cms
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