Annular Solar Eclipse on 21 May 2012 - Visible in India

The First eclipse of the year and the only one visible for year 2012 from India will occur on 21st May, 2012. However it is visible (as Partial Eclipse) in North-Eastern States of country. Whereas worldwide its visible from the region covering China, most of Russia,  S.E. Asia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Hawaii, Arctic regions and North America except the easternmost part

Here is series of Live Webcast/Broadcast from different areas across the world.

Solar Eclipse Webcast from Petroglyph National Monument in Albuquerque, N.M

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Sommers-Bausch Observatory below:

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Japanese Panasonic Company  Live broadcast available here :

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Honkong Observatory :

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Amateur astronomer Scotty Degenhart will broadcast from Nevada's Area 51, a patch of desert about 80 miles (130 kilometers) northwest of Las Vegas.

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Here is another link from

Timings of the Eclipse on 21st May 2012:  As per Indian Standard time the eclipse begins at 2.26 a.m. and Eclipse Ends at 8.19 a.m. The maximum phase of eclipse will be at 05.23 a.m

Visible in North Eastern States – but only for few Minutes – due to Eclipse Path : Most of the North Eastern states where sun will rise around/after 4.41 a.m.  can witness this celestial wonder for few Minutes only close to horizon.  Because this eclipse is not visible beyond 4.52 a.m. from India which lies in broader Penumbral path of Moon’s Shadow (away from Central/Umbra path) producing Partial Solar Eclipse for observers

Other Eclipses 2012: PARTIAL LUNAR ECLIPSE on 4th June & TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE on 14th November are not visible from India. Whereas there is a PENUMBRAL LUNAR ECLIPSE on 28th Nov, 2012 it can’t be appreciated visibly and as per Govt. of India’s Indian Astronomical Ephemeris 2012 page.333 “A penumbral eclipse of moon is not be taken as an eclipse of the moon in the ordinary sense, as the moon is not covered by the real shadow of the earth during such an eclipse”

Major Event in 2012 - Transit of Venus on 6th June 2012: major celestial event of year visible from India will occur on 6th June 2012. Which no one alive today can see again in their life time as next Transit will occur in 11th December 2117
No Opportunity to see a SOLAR ECLIPSE (till 2016 or 2019)  covering Major parts of  India : The next best opportunity to see a SOLAR ECLIPSE from Major parts of the India  including Andhra Pradesh is on 2019 Dec 26th.

Because the solar eclipse in 2016 though visible in major parts India (including Andhra Pradesh) begins and lasts only for few minutes close to horizon in early hours of March 9 2016. Wherein again only few states in the country where sun rises early can appreciate this solar eclipse of 2016.
We thank PTI friends for North-East states to witness solar eclipse tomorrow article published on 21st May 2012.