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India prepares for total solar eclipse in 2023

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India is gearing up for a spectacular celestial event that will take place on April 8, 2023 – a total solar eclipse. This rare occurrence happens when the moon passes in front of the sun, blocking out its light and creating a breathtaking display of darkness and light.

The eclipse will be visible from many parts of India, including the cities of Surat, Indore, Bhopal, Jabalpur, and Varanasi. The path of totality, where the sun will be completely blocked by the moon, will pass over the states of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh.

To prepare for this event, the Indian government has launched several initiatives aimed at educating people about the solar eclipse and ensuring their safety. One such initiative is the “Solar Eclipse Awareness Programme” launched by the Ministry of Culture. This programme aims to create awareness among people about the scientific and cultural significance of the solar eclipse and how to safely witness it.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has also been actively involved in preparing for the eclipse. It has set up a dedicated website to provide information about the eclipse, including the time and duration of the event, the path of totality, and safety tips for viewing it. The website also features live streaming of the eclipse for those who are unable to witness it in person.

ISRO has also launched a mobile application called “Solar Eclipse 2023” that provides real-time updates about the eclipse, including the position of the moon and sun, the path of totality, and the duration of the eclipse. The app also provides safety guidelines for viewing the eclipse and a countdown to the event.

The Indian government has also issued guidelines for safety during the eclipse. It has advised people to use certified solar filters to observe the eclipse and avoid looking directly at the sun, even during the partial phases of the eclipse. It has also warned against using homemade filters, such as smoked glass or exposed film, as they can cause permanent eye damage.

In conclusion, the total solar eclipse of 2023 is expected to be a spectacular event in India, and the country is making all efforts to ensure that people can safely witness it. With the government’s initiatives and the active involvement of ISRO, India is ready to welcome this celestial phenomenon with open arms.

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