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Solar eclipse in Nagaland

(A) Solar eclipse in Dimapur; (B) Darkened sky during the eclipse in Dimapur. (NP); (C) Eclipse as seen in Kohima (DIPR)
Staff Reporter, Dimapur, Jul 22 (NPN):
Published on 23 Jul. 2009 12:17 AM IST
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Initially, overcast skies dampened solar eclipse enthusiasts who woke up early to view the longest solar eclipse that occurs only after 123 years but by 5.40 a.m. Wednesday, viewers in Dimapur were able to witness history unfolding before their eyes. Almost the entire Sun was covered by the eclipse in Dimapur and the spectacle lasted from 5.40 a.m. till 7.30 a.m. Meanwhile, in Kohima a good number of students and teachers gathered early morning to view the eclipse at a programme organized by the Nagaland Institute of Health, Environment & Social Welfare. The eclipse lasted from 5.30 a.m. till 7.39 a.m. The students and teachers were briefed on the event and the safety norms to be observed to prevent eye damage while viewing it. Safe black polymer solar filters prepared by Vigyan Prasar, Department of Science & Technology, Government of India were provided for viewing the eclipse. The next longest eclipse will reappear in the year 2132, according to scientists. An aeroplane hovering high up in the skies also created some mild sensation.However Airports Authority of India sources in Dimapur clarified that it was a normal ‘hover-flight’ practice flight probably from Assam. Later in the day, Dimapur experienced probably the hottest and most humid day with temperature soaring to 41.50 C.

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