Partial Solar Eclipse - 26 January 2009.

By naveenln; Published 27 Jan 2009

A Partial solar eclipse was witnessed by many people in Bangalore today, An excellent arrangement was made by JN Planetarium, so that general public can see and enjoy the eclipse.

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth so that the Sun is wholly or partially obscured. This can only happen during a new moon, when the Sun and Moon are in conjunction as seen from the Earth.

The match between the apparent sizes of the Sun and Moon during a total eclipse is a coincidence. The Sun's distance from the Earth is about 400 times the Moon's distance, and the Sun's diameter is about 400 times the Moon's diameter. Because these ratios are approximately the same, the sizes of the Sun and the Moon as seen from Earth appear to be approximately the same

Thanks to JNP and ABAA folks for organizing a nice
eclipse projection. Some of BAS members were involved in observations and explaining the crowd about Eclipse.

Over all it was a fantastic event.