The 2023 Surya Grahan, also known as the Solar Eclipse, is set to occur on April 20th in Pakistan. This astronomical event is significant as it marks the first total solar eclipse visible in Pakistan in over a decade. With the last visible eclipse occurring in 2010, the 2023 Surya Grahan is highly anticipated by astronomers and sky enthusiasts alike.
What is a Solar Eclipse?
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the earth, blocking the sun’s rays from reaching the earth. There are three types of solar eclipses: total, partial, and annular. A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon completely covers the sun, while a partial eclipse occurs when the moon only partially covers the sun. An annular eclipse occurs when the moon covers the sun’s center, leaving a visible ring of light around the moon.
Where Will the Eclipse be Visible?
The 2023 Surya Grahan will be visible in several countries, including Pakistan, India, China, and Australia. In Pakistan, the eclipse will be visible in various cities, including Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad. The eclipse will start at around 8:46 am Pakistan Standard Time and will last for approximately three hours and 29 minutes.
How to Safely View the Eclipse
It is essential to take precautions when viewing a solar eclipse to prevent damage to the eyes. Looking directly at the sun during a solar eclipse can cause permanent eye damage, even blindness. Therefore, it is crucial to use specialized eclipse glasses, which are designed to filter out harmful ultraviolet and infrared rays. It is also advisable to use solar filters on cameras and telescopes to prevent damage to the equipment.
The 2023 Surya Grahan is a highly anticipated astronomical event that will be visible in Pakistan and several other countries. It is essential to take precautions when viewing the eclipse to prevent damage to the eyes and equipment. So mark your calendars for April 20th, 2023, and witness this rare and stunning celestial phenomenon.