31 July :A rare total solar eclipse will occur on Friday afternoon when the moon will pass directly between the earth and the sun but it will be visible as a partial eclipse in India.
The eclipse will begin in Arctic Canada and sweep across Greenland, western Siberia, Mongolia and central China.In India, the visual treat will start at 4:03 pm in Delhi and last for about two hours with maximum impact at 5:02 pm.
In rest of the country, the partial eclipse will be visible a few minutes later.
Nearly 15 lakh pilgrims are expected to take a holy dip in Brahm Sarovar at Kurekshetra where security has been tightened due to recent serial blasts in Bangalore and Ahmedabad.
Viewers all across the globe can see the eclipse as it happens on NASA TV and by logging on to www.nasa.gov.
The US space agency has made arrangements to telecast live images of the rare celestial event.
"The partial eclipse will be seen in the north-eastern region, starting from about 4 pm," said Rathnasree, Director at the Nehru Planetarium.
The maximum obscuration of the sun will occur at Sibsagar in Assam. DD NEWS