Sky Watchers Association of North Bengal to observe solar eclipse today #110319

The "ring of fire" was first visible in northeastern Republic of Congo from 5:56 local time (04:56 GMT) just a few minutes after sunrise.

A rare type of solar eclipse is happening tonight and it's hoped to be the best of the decade.

It was known as a "ring of fire" because the moon covered most, but not all, of the sun. The maximum eclipse, when the "ring of fire" can be seen, will be visible at 12:08 pm.

This is the last solar eclipse to be visible from India for the next 28 months, according to the Nehru Planetarium.

Both cities reported people mostly staying at home to avoid the harmful effects of looking directly at the eclipse.

While people living along the path annular eclipse passing through Anupgarh, Suratgarh, Sirsa, Jakhal, Kurukshetra, Yamunanagar, Dehradun, Tapowan and Joshimath will be able to see the annular phase, people in rest of India can witness a partial eclipse, the Ministry of Science and Technology had informed. The "maximum eclipse" period, when the moon was exactly in the centre of the sun's disc, lasted on 38 to 82 seconds.

The UAE will witness a spectacular solar eclipse tomorrow.

A solar eclipse is a natural phenomenon in which when a portion of the Earth is overcome in a shadow cast by the Moon which fully or partially blocks sunlight.

Sri Lanka closed its planetarium to prevent a gathering of amateur astronomers due to the coronavirus outbreak, but live-streamed the celestial event on Facebook. "In India depending on the location of a person from the central path, the eclipse, mostly in the partial phase, will be visible between 9:56 2:29 p.m.", the release said.

The observatory also sold solar eclipse glasses to the public to observe the eclipse safely.

A small group of about 15 students huddled around a telescope at the University of Colombo to watch the eclipse.

This eclipse will be visible across Africa, parts of Asia and the Pacific Ocean.

There is another eclipse at the end of this year but it won't be visible in Pakistan.

The next annular eclipse will be seen from South America in December 2020.