Our Mediapod student reporter, Manasi Rao accompanied a team of researchers from Bangalore Astronomical Society to view the blazing sun being simmered into the ring of fire by the moon at Rameswaram- the event-The Annular Solar Eclipse and here she writes.................
Eclipse means hidden. In a solar eclipse the sun, the moon and the earth are in one line. The shadow of the moon falls on the sun blocking its light from some parts of the earth. This is what happened on the 15th of January, 2010. From Rameshwaram one could see the only the outer ring of the sun which can be seen only in annular (with ring of fire) eclipses.
The moon came from the bottom left side up to the top right. The totality was at 1:15-1:26 and the eclipse lasted for around 3 hrs. From Bangalore only a partial eclipse could be seen.
Here is the sun,
He thinks he is number one.
In front of him comes the moon,
Like a huge white balloon.
Blocking the light!
Leading the 2 large bodies into a fight!
Watching the commotion,
Is the earth standing in confusion.
People smiling with glee
And watching the solar eclipse happily.
Click here to gaze at the spectacular eclipse
These photographs were clicked by her team mate.