Surya Grahan (Solar Eclipse) – 15 February 2018
15th of February, 2018, Thursday, marks the astronomical and astrological event of the Surya Grahan. Surya means our solar system’s Sun and Grahan means eclipse, therefore, Solar Eclipse. Eclipse (Grahan) means when an object (celestial body) passes between (or shadows) or comes in the middle of the other objects (celestial bodies) and there is blocking of the object view or light. Surya Grahan is a phenomena when the Earth’s moon comes in-between the Earth and the Sun. These 3 celestial bodies (the Sun, the Earth’s moon and the Earth) have to be relatively aligned for any type of Surya Grahan (Solar Eclipse), partial or total, to take place.
The three main types of Surya Grahan (Solar Eclipses) are:
1. Partial Solar Eclipse
2. Total Solar Eclipse
3. Annular Solar Eclipse
(A 4th type – Hybrid Solar Eclipse is very rare)
The next partial Solar Eclipses (after the 15th of February 2018) will take place on the 13th of July 2018, Friday, and the 11th of August 2018, Saturday; however, none of these would be visible from India.
The 15th of February, 2018, partial Solar Eclipse will also not be witnessed from India. Places where it will fall are the south of South America (in countries like Chile, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay), the Antarctica, and some areas of the Pacific-Atlantic oceans.
Unlike Partial Solar Eclipse, Total Solar Eclipse happens over a longer duration of time, however, any forms of Solar Eclipse occurs about 2 to 4 times a year and maximum 5 times. The next dates of Total Solar Eclipse are—
- 2 July 2019 (Tuesday)
- 14 December 2020 (Monday)
- 4 December 2021 (Saturday)
- 20 April 2023 (Thursday), and so forth.
Annular Solar Eclipse happens when the Earth’s moon is furthest away from Earth (apogee) and it comes exactly between the Sun and the Earth. The Sun light appears in a ring shaped. The middle part of the Sun when viewed from Earth is faint due to the moon being in-between. The upcoming Annular Solar Eclipse dates are--
- 26 December 2019 (Thursday)
- 21 June 2020 (Sunday)
- 10 June 2021 (Thursday)
- 14 October 2023 (Saturday) etc.
The Annular Solar Eclipse of the 26th of December, 2019, Thursday, will be visible (to its fullest) from south India.
21st of June 2020, Sunday, the Annular Solar Eclipse will be visible from the north part of India.
Surya Grahan (Solar Eclipse) is considered not so auspicious an event in the Hindu and the Vedic astrology fraternity. This maybe because Surya is worshiped and the blocking of the Surya (Sun) rays on Earth may not be good for the natives of Earth. Surya (Sun) is the source of energy and life on Earth. Also, according to religious beliefs, eclipse brings cruel and inauspicious results, with interference in different kinds of activities of human life. Pregnant women especially are advised not to go out and view the eclipse.
Unlike, Lunar Eclipse (when the Earth comes between the Sun and the Earth’s moon), Solar Eclipse (Surya Grahan) cannot be viewed with naked eyes. It can damage the eyes and can also lead to blindness.
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Date Published : 15 Feb 2018