The year 2023 is going to witness a rare astronomical event, a solar eclipse, also known as Surya Grahan in India. The last solar eclipse occurred in India on December 26, 2019, and the next one is expected to occur on April 8, 2024. But before that, the country will witness another solar eclipse on October 25, 2023.
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the earth, blocking the sunlight and casting a shadow on the earth. The duration of the eclipse depends on the alignment of the sun, moon, and earth. The upcoming solar eclipse in 2023 will be an annular solar eclipse, where the moon will not completely cover the sun, and a ring of light will be visible around the moon.
The solar eclipse will be visible in different parts of the world, including India, China, Russia, and North America. In India, the eclipse will be visible in parts of northern and eastern regions, including Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Sikkim, and West Bengal. The eclipse will start at around 11:23 am and end at 2:23 pm, with the maximum eclipse occurring at 12:50 pm.
It is essential to take precautions during a solar eclipse as looking directly at the sun without proper protection can cause permanent eye damage. It is recommended to use special solar filters, eclipse glasses, or pinhole cameras to view the eclipse safely.
In India, a solar eclipse holds significant cultural and religious significance. It is believed that during a solar eclipse, the negative energy is at its peak, and performing spiritual activities like meditation, chanting mantras, and offering prayers can help in overcoming the negative effects. Some people also observe fast or refrain from eating and drinking during the eclipse period.
The 2023 solar eclipse is a rare astronomical event that will provide an opportunity for people to witness the beauty of nature. It is also a reminder of the importance of taking precautions and respecting the power of the sun. So, mark your calendars and get ready to witness the Surya Grahan in 2023.