Solar Eclipse on December 26: How to Watch Surya Grahan Live Online, India Timings, More


While the world is busy celebrating Christmas, a solar eclipse (also known as Surya Grahan) is scheduled to take place to augment Christmas Day’s celebrations. This will be the final solar eclipse of 2019 and instead of being a total eclipse, it will be an annular solar eclipse that will appear as a “ring of fire”. It will begin at around 8am IST on Thursday, December 26. The annular solar eclipse 2019 will be visible in most of Asia alongside North/ East Africa, and North/ West Australia. A partial eclipse will be visible in the Asia Pacific and Indian Ocean region. If you don’t want to step out to catch the eclipse or live in a region where it won’t be visible, worry not, some online sources will live stream the eclipse online.

Unlike the total solar eclipse, the annular solar eclipse occurs when a New Moon is farthest from the Earth. It forms a ring-like structure of light surrounding the Moon. This is unlike the total solar eclipse in which the New Moon comes between the Sun and Earth and shows the darkest part of its shadow on the Earth. The total eclipse is often almost as dark as night, while you’ll notice some amount of light in the case of the annular solar eclipse.

Solar eclipse 2019 India timings

The solar eclipse 2019 will begin at 7:59am IST. It will initially be visible as a partial eclipse and emerge in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia first. However, the partial eclipse will also be visible in various Indian locations such as Bengaluru, Mumbai, and New Delhi alongside places such as Doha, Dubai, Kuwait City, Karachi, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, General Santos, Davao, and Saipan, as mentioned on Norway-based

After the partial eclipse, the annular solar eclipse will begin to take place in the sky. It will be visible starting 9:04am IST, while the maximum eclipse will be visible at 10:47am IST. The full eclipse will reach the last location that would be Guam in the Pacific Ocean at 12:30pm IST.

In India, the solar eclipse will be visible in most southern states, including Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu. It will also appear in some parts of Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Indonesia, and Guam.

Solar Eclipse event Time in India
First location to see the partial eclipse begin 26 Dec, 07:59:53
First location to see the full eclipse begin 26 Dec, 09:04:33
Maximum Eclipse 26 Dec, 10:47:46
Last location to see the full eclipse end 26 Dec, 12:30:55
Last location to see the partial eclipse end 26 Dec, 13:35:40

The time provided by astronomers is based on estimations, and it may change due to natural changes. Also, it is not necessary that the eclipse will be clearly visible across all the listed places because of the weather conditions.

How to watch solar eclipse 2019 live

If you’re in one of the locations where the solar eclipse 2019 will be visible on Thursday, you can go out to experience the ring of fire effect with your own eyes. It is important to take eye protection into consideration while watching the eclipse live. Moreover, there are some online sources that will live stream the solar eclipse 2019 online for those who don’t live in the locations from where the eclipse is visible.

Canary Islands-based Slooh Observatory will kick off the live stream of the solar eclipse 2019 through its YouTube channel. The live stream will begin at 8:30am IST with feeds from the Middle East and Singapore.

Sri Lanka’s Tharulowa Digital will also live stream the solar eclipse 2019 through its YouTube channel starting 7am IST.

YouTube channel CosmoSapiens will also provide a live stream starting 7am IST.

That being said, NASA hasn’t provided any official links for live streaming the solar eclipse 2019. You can, however, check the live feed of on its YouTube channel to get details around the annular solar eclipse.

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