Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Solar eclipse ends:

The longest and the last total solar eclipse of the century that begun at 5.45 am, Wednesday has ended at 7.45 am.
A total solar eclipse was seen from fourteen districts in eastern Nepal including Siraha, Saptari, Udaypur, Dhankuta, Sunsari, Morang, Jhapa, Ilaam and Panchthar while the rest of the country witnessed a partial eclipse ranging from 96 per cent in Kathmandu to 75 per cent in western Nepal.
In Kathmandu, the eclipse started at 5.45 am, reached climax at 6.42 am, when 96 per cent of the sun was blocked by moon and ended at 7.45 am. Kathmandu's sky was seen partially dark for a few minutes around 6.42 am.
Eastern towns like Biratnagar and Dharan were dark like in the evenings, reports say. However, the eclipse could not be viewed properly as it was raining in Biratnagar.
In Pokhara, the eclipse started at 5.46 am and reached climax at 6.42 am when 93 per cent of the sun will be covered by moon.

B.P. Koirala Memorial Planetarium, Observatory and Science Museum Development Board has made special arrangements to view the eclipse by telescope without damaging the eye from Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) premises in Khumaltar, the Kathmandu Mall and Takshashila Academy in Baluwatar.

Hundreds of Kathmandu denizens thronged Kathmandu Mall, Sundhara and NAST office Khumaltar to view the solar eclipse.

Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal also went to NAST office, Khumaltar to view the eclipse. Some television channels are broadcasted the telescopic view of the eclipse live.

Meanwhile, the government has declared a public holiday on Wednesday in view of the total solar eclipse. The home ministry issued a press release Tuesday declaring a public holiday in all government offices across the country and diplomatic missions in various countries. Educational institutions have also declared a holiday Wednesday. The last total eclipse seen from Nepal was on Jan 22, 1898 and the next one will occur on May 14, 2124.

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