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Solar eclipse witnessed today

Annular Solar Eclipse, Bhaktpur, June 21, 2020. Photo: Kriti Joshi

KATHMANDU: A partial solar eclipse occurred today, which was also visible from Nepal. This partial eclipse that began from 10:50 am lasted till 2:23 pm.

According to the Calendar Determination Committee chair Prof Dr Ram Chandra Gautam, it lasted for 3 hours and 33 minutes. Astrologer JayantaAcharya shared that the sun was covered 98 per cent, as seen from Limpiyadhura, Lipulek and Kalapani regions.

These territories were recently incorporated in Nepal’s political and administrative map. Similarly, the sun was seen with 88 per cent covered by darkness in Kathmandu region. People from different walks of life had reached Gokarneshwar, Uttargaya, Devghat, Trivenidham and Ridi for a holy bath during the eclipse period.

According to Hindu religious scripts, people should take holy bath for purity soon after the eclipse. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun. Also called day of the dark moon, it is locally called Aunshi.

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