Mumbai, Nov 2 (): In an unusual celestial delight for the astronomers, the world will see two eclipses this month with a period gap of a fortnight, creating a lot of delight to the astrological and scientific fraternities, one of the leading astronomers said. But, India will anyhow miss out.
Bharat Adur, a scientist and head of Akash Ganga Centre for Astronomy (AGCA) said parts of southern hemisphere will see a total solar eclipse on 13th November, when India will be celebrating Diwali. After a fortnight, on 28th November, many parts of southern and northern America,some parts of Australia and the nearby regions will see a total lunar eclipse.
Adur said both eclipses will not be seen in India. The solar eclipse of 13th November marks the beginning of the New Year of Shia Muslim as said by the calendar of Egypt. “This will be the first major and highly-anticipated celestial progress after world witnessed 2 full moons, a solar eclipse and a partial lunar eclipse in January 2010 in quick succession, giving a rare chance to the physicists and the astronomers’ world over.”
The year 2010 started with partial lunar eclipse on Jan 1, which was followed by total solar eclipse on Jan 15 and then on Jan 30 with second large full moon, which was termed Blue Moon.
A related celestial sight is likely to be seen in 2013 with total solar eclipse on May 10 and total lunar eclipse on May 25.
Just as 2012’s second solar eclipse that was seen on May 20, this month on 13th November solar eclipse will be seen over South Pacific Ocean, Australasia, northern Australia, Polynesia, in the regions of Antarctica and in South America’s southern half, which would totally last for about 3.1 hours, Bharat Adur said.
Lunar eclipse on 28th November will be seen best in Alaska, East Asia, Hawaii, Australia, western USA and western Canada. Explaining its significance, Milan Thakar, renowned Mumbai astrologer said in 250 years, this is third time and in 17 years, this is second time that Diwali day will be “eclipsed”. Previously, in 1762 and 1995, Diwali day was eclipsed.
“The path of eclipse does not touch or cover India in any way. So, one should not be worried about the negative effects of this eclipse. On Diwali day, people can do all pujas and rituals without having any hesitation,” Milan assured.
Adur termed the development as “a purely natural phenomenon which would be studied in detail scientifically” without mixing or concerning them with the people’s astrological or religious beliefs.