What many people across the globe have witnessed today is one of the longest Solar Eclipse in the recorded history with the next longest one happening after about 1000 years.
It’s the Moon which sided the Earth in the celestial Hide and Go Seek. On a normal day Sun finds the earth as soon as he goes Seeking, but today abetted by Moon, Earth could elude the Sun for around 11 minutes. Many parts of the world, starting from Africa till China. People could see the Sun reddening with frustration. Many people were advised in India to stay indoors against the ill effects of the angry Sun.
Specialty of this eclipse is the annularity, where in the Moon does not cover the Sun completely owing to the farthest distance from Sun. We could see the Ring outside. The Eclipse Magnitude is 0.919. Eclipse magnitude is the fraction of the Sun’s diameter obscured by the Moon. For annular eclipses, the eclipse magnitude is always less than 1. For total eclipses, the eclipse magnitude is always greater than or equal to 1. For both annular and total eclipses, the value listed is actually the ratio of diameters between the Moon and the Sun.Source: http://beta.thehindu.com/news/national/article80582.ece?homepage=true
Many people refrained themselves coming outdoors and taking food during the eclipse in India despite the Rationalists efforts to educate people about the celestial Hide and Go Seek. People still were afraid of being caught by the Sun Rays. ” Hey, There you are!” We do not completely about the effects of an Eclipse, but there is some good reasoning behind advising the people to stay indoors because this came into practice when our ancestors invariably found that the rays were harmful, and did not have the modern tools to study further. It was done by creating fear in the minds of people and that is now hard to be driven.
It was a great opportunity for the eclipse lovers and the scientists as the eclipse was long. Indian Space Agency ISRO launched 11 sound rockets before and after the eclipse to study the effects of Eclipse on the atmosphere. And coincidentally its two launching stations Thiruvananthapuram and Sriharikota were in the path of the Eclipse.
The eclipse, which could be seen across parts of Africa and Asia, began in India around 11 a.m. in Kerala and was to end around 3:15 p.m. in Mizoram before passing over the Himalayas into China. The southern tips of Kerala and neighboring Tamil Nadu state offered the best views. Many people gathered in Dhanshkodi, 13 km from Rameshwaram and Bangalore to watch the Annular Solar Eclipse. A cruise ship left from Kerala to Maldives carrying over 800 eclipse lovers and scientists to get them the best glimpse of the eclipse.
And finally Sun found the Earth, and got pacified. People across India took bath, cleaned their houses and premises after the eclipse. Temples too were cleaned and reopened, which were closed during the eclipse.