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Total solar eclipse captivates Asia and the Pacific; partial eclipse in India

New Delhi: India miss the spectacular phenomenon of a total solar eclipse today as only a partial eclipse is seen from some places in the country.

“In India, partial eclipse is seen from the eastern half of the country. In most of the places in India, the eclipse starts either before sunrise or around sunrise making the viewing of this spectacular cosmic event quite difficult,” Dr Debiprosad Duari, director of M P Birla Planetarium, Kolkata, said.

Total solar eclipse captivates Asia and the Pacific; partial eclipse in India

The total solar eclipse is visible from within a narrow region which extends from the Indian Ocean through the east Asian countries like Sumatra, Borneo, Sulawesi passing through some islands belonging to Australia and ending at the middle of the Pacific Ocean, far away from any country.

Pictures of Solar Eclipse:

A total solar eclipse is pictured from the city of Ternate, in Indonesia’s Maluku Islands, on March 9, 2016. A total solar eclipse swept across the vast Indonesian archipelago on March 9, witnessed by tens of thousands of sky gazers and marked by parties, Muslim prayers and tribal rituals. / AFP / BAY ISMOYO
A total solar eclipse is pictured from the city of Ternate, in Indonesia’s Maluku Islands, on March 9, 2016.

A partial solar eclipse is seen behind a passenger capsule of the Singapore Flyer Wednesday, March 9, 2016, in Singapore. The last eclipse happened in Singapore in January, 2009 and the next solar eclipse, an annular one, will occur on December 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
A partial solar eclipse is seen behind a passenger capsule of the Singapore Flyer Wednesday, March 9, 2016, in Singapore.

A partial solar eclipse is seen at Serangan village in Bali, Indonesia, Wednesday, March 9, 2016. People gazed at the sky in wonder and cheered while others knelt in prayer as a total eclipse of the sun unfolded over Indonesia on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
A partial solar eclipse is seen at Serangan village in Bali, Indonesia, Wednesday, March 9, 2016.. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

The moon is obscuring part of the sun over flowers during a solar eclipse in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Wednesday, March 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)
The moon is obscuring part of the sun over flowers during a solar eclipse in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Wednesday, March 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

“My eyes are adapting to the dark, so I’m seeing more detail in the corona” https://t.co/PuDu67LbcW #SolarEclipse pic.twitter.com/Q1RQm1hNOs

— NASASunEarth (@NASASunEarth) March 9, 2016
Current #SolarEclipse 2016 with special binocular. pic.twitter.com/4Hz0AchM9a

— Ad-Dien (@AdDien90) March 9, 2016
#Visuals Solar eclipse witnessed from Guwahati, Bhubaneswar and Hyderabad (Early visuals) pic.twitter.com/LLzpnNV2vT

— ANI (@ANI_news) March 9, 2016
“My eyes are adapting to the dark, so I’m seeing more detail in the corona” https://t.co/PuDu67LbcW #SolarEclipse pic.twitter.com/Q1RQm1hNOs

— NASASunEarth (@NASASunEarth) March 9, 2016
I’m not really a person who’ll take this kind of pic. But a pat on my back, I caught the solar eclipse. ???? pic.twitter.com/Cvgd0A4RDG

— Umz (@umiatiqs) March 9, 2016
My view of the partial #SolarEclipse in QC. Spectacular as ever. Could that even be a sunspot? pic.twitter.com/BrB34rufxE