Total Solar Eclipse of  
Aug 1, 2008

From NASA sites -
On Friday, August 01, a total eclipse of the Sun is visible from a narrow corridor that traverses half the Earth. The path of the Moonís umbral shadow begins in Canada and extends across northern Greenland, the Arctic, central Russia, Mongolia, and China where it will end at sunset [Espenak and Anderson, 2006]. A partial eclipse is seen within the much broader path of the Moonís penumbral shadow, which includes northeastern North America, and most of Europe and Asia.

In India
Only the partial phase of the eclipse will be visible from India. The eclipse will be begin around 4 p.m. Indian time.  The beginning, mid and end time for of the eclipse is given below.  'Alt' is altitude of the sun above the horizon at the time of the end of the eclipse and 'mag' is the magnitude of the eclipse, which means amount of sun disk covered by the moon.

As can be seen people in the north western part of India would see eclipse for the longer duration and well above the horizon.

 

City Start
h  m  s
Mid
h  m  s
End
h  m  s
Alt mag
Agra 16 06 51 17 05 07 18 28 27 14 0.607
Amritsar   15 55 37  16 56 46 17 52 39 18 0.644
Bangalore  16 42 23  17 26 06  18 06 55  08 0.311 
Calicut
(Kozhikode)
16 48 19  17 28 17  18 05 48 10 0.249 
Coimbatore   16 48 20  17 28 35  18 06 23  08 0.258
Dehra Dun    15 59 40  16 59 49  17 54 51 15 0.662
Hanle 15 54 04 16 55 26 17 51 36 15 0.718
Hyderabad    16 30 19  17 20 07  18 06 10  09 0.421
IGO Girawali 16 26 52  17 17 19  18 03 54 14 0.396
Indore       16 17 17  17 11 59  18 02 12 14 0.496
Jamnagar 16 19 04 17 11 44 18 00 12 19 0.403
Jaipur       16 07 00  17 05 07  17 58 19 15 0.575
Japal Rangapur 16 31 06  17 20 35  18 06 23  09 0.417
Jodhpur      16 08 01  17 05 29  17 58 07 18 0.526
Naini Tal    16 02 15  17 01 43  17 56 10 13 0.663
Kandla       16 16 16  17 10 07  17 59 35 19 0.425
Kargil 15 49 21 16 51 50 17 49 00 19 0.708
Kolkata             16 18 03 17 12 30 17 52 42 02 0.635
Leh 15 50 51 16 52 57 17 49 47 17 0.719
Lucknow      16 08 11  17 06 03 17 59 05 11 0.637
Mt..Abu     16 12 09  17 08 12  17 59 34 17 0.492
Mumbai     16 27 26 17 17 21 18 03 28 15 0.379
Nanded          16 26 10 17 17 36 18 05 02 11 0.443
NDA          16 28 31 17 38 12 18 04 07 14 0.382
New Delhi        16 03 16 17 02 30 17 56 42 15 0.623
Pune           16 28 21 17 18 09 18 04 10 14 0.385
Pune IUCAA,  16 28 16 17 38 05 18 04 07 14 0.385
Srinigar     15 49 46 16 52 12 17 49 18 20 0.683
Udaipur 16 12 21 17 08 29 17 59 56 16 0.503


Green lines are time for maximum eclipse
Blue lines show magnitude of the eclipse

It is not dangerous to watch the solar eclipse with proper care. Watching the eclipse without using proper sun glasses might cause severe and irrepressible damage to the retina.

Warning:  Do not use lamp-blackened glass to look at the sun.

Visit How to Watch the Eclipse Safely part 1 and part 2 (this also has some myths and facts about the solar eclipses).

For notes on photographing the 'Total Solar Eclipse visit page 1, page 2, page 3, page 4. (This is essentially written for photographing the eclipse on film, which is still a good option. 

Whether you use film or digital camera, a proper sturdy camera stand is a must.

Artists conception (using digital images) of the progress of the Eclipse for IUCAA, Pune.
The progress, however, will be generally valid for other palaces in India.
Any queries, request for predictions etc may please be sent to 
scipop@gmail.com or scipop@iucaa.ernet.in 





The material here can be used freely. It is however expected that the source will be acknowledged.
Credit :  Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune.

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