The fully visible Annual Solar Eclipse will first appear in India on Cheruvathur.

Kasargod also has the rare opportunity of witnessing the awe-inspiring eclipse. Cheruvathur is one of the three places in the world where the eclipse of December 26th is most clearly seen. This annular solar eclipse is fully visible in Kasaragod. Observers there can experience the “ring of fire” that is characteristic for this kind of solar eclipse. This is a rare and spectacular event that can only be experienced along a relatively narrow strip on the Earth's surface. The eclipse is also visible in other areas, but the Moon does not move centrally in front of the Sun there and the “ring of fire” is not visible. District Collector Dr  D Sajith Babu said the district administration would take all possible measures to monitor the eclipse of the public at Kadakkot in Cheruvathur, the first sighting area in India.

The partial eclipse will begin at 8.04 am and will be completed at 9.25 am. The total eclipse lasts for three minutes and 12 seconds and ends at 11.04 am. Partial eclipses will be seen from Mangalore to Beypore. The eclipse, which will begin in Qatar, the UAE and Oman. It will be seen first in India at Cheruvathoor to be visible in short distances and can be clearly seen from the geographical features of the region, said Sachin Bamba, CMD of Space India, who has set up a technology facility for the eclipse.

Tendulkar Bamba has been raising awareness among the public about the astronomical field and working as a propagator of Astro-Tourism. The eclipse, which is visible in areas like Mathamangalam, Panniyur, Peravoor, Meenangadi and Chulliyode in Kannur and Wayanad districts, will be seen in various districts of Tamil Nadu, Kottayam and in Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Singapore. 

A solar eclipse visible only for a short time should not be seen by the naked eye. As it is dark during the eclipse, people will come out and look at the sun with their naked eyes. As the ophthalmic areas develop in the absence of light, a large number of sun rays occur immediately after total eclipse can adversely affect vision. District Collector Dr D Sajith Babu said the eclipse could only be scientifically monitored to prevent this.  He said the public would be provided with a scientific system for the windmill in Cheruvathoor for the purpose of observing the eclipse.

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