ECLIPSE BECOMES “SOLAR FESTIVAL” IN KERALA

[caption id="attachment_118" align="aligncenter" width="800" caption="Eclipse picture from Thiruvananthapuram,where the eclipse was 94%"][/caption]

Solar eclipse, whose visibility was long and clear in Kerala, turned out to be a "solar festival" not only for scientists but also for the people at large.A large number of people including children turned up to witness the rare spectacle of the century across the state where special arrangements were made by AASTRO and for viewing the celestial phenomenon.

The eclipse started becoming visible here and the adjoining areas at 11.30 am.Leading scientific institutions including Science and Technology Museum, Thiruvananthapuram Corporation,AASTRO Clubs in various colleges and schools made special arrangements for viewing the eclipse, for which glasses and filters were distributed.

The maximum crowd was gathered at the Kanakakunnu Palace hill and Central Stadium in the heart of the city. The first signs of the celestial marvel was seen around 11.05 a.m. and by 1.05 p.m. excitement mounted when 95 per cent of the sun was covered by the moon.

Daylight dimmed around 1 p.m for around 10 minutes. People could also feel a drop in the temperature, though an hour earlier it was rather warm. Slowly, the light started getting better and by around 3.23 p.m., it was back to normal.A large number of people standing by the roadside held dark transparent sheets, trying to catch a glimpse of the eclipse. Many were seen sporting sun glasses.

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