Solar Eclipse December 26, 2019 Date, Timings: The final solar eclipse of the year 2019 is an annular eclipse that will take place on December 26 creating a ring of fire in the sky. The event will fall over the Eastern hemisphere and visible from a number of countries including parts of India.
The solar eclipse will begin in India at 7:59 am with a partial eclipse and the annular phase or the full eclipse will start at 9:04 am. The maximum eclipse will start at 10:47 am when the moon is closest to the center of the sun. The full eclipse will end by 12:30 pm after which the moon will leave the edges of the Sun, ending the partial eclipse by 1:35 pm.
The December 26 solar eclipse will be visible most prominently from South India. Cities such as Kannur, Kochi, Kozhikode, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in Kerala; Coimbatore, Madurai, Ooty, Trichy, and Chennai in Tamil Nadu; Mangaluru and Bengaluru in Karnataka; and Puducherry are among the places in South India that will be able to fully witness the solar eclipse on Thursday. Other parts of India too will witness the solar eclipse in varying intensity.
The December 26th solar eclipse is what is known as an ‘annular eclipse‘. Basically, this means that the Sun and the Moon will be positioned in a way to form the ‘ring of fire’ (we’ll explain later) — the Moon won’t be able to completely cover the Sun and so, the Sun’s edges will be illuminated.