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January 15, 2010

Rare Opportunity of the Millenium

India, today had the rare opportunity of witnessing the millennium's longest annular solar eclipse right in the beginning of the new year 2010.
Rockets from ISRO
The Friday, Jan 15 solar eclipse lasted for a duration of 11.8 minutes & instead of the usual diamond ring there was a gold ring visible in the sky. The gold ring was only visible only in the states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu & Mizoram.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is also gearing up to study the solar eclipse & its after effects by launching series of rockets from its two centres between Thursday, Jan 14 & Sunday, Jan 17. 

Rockets, which will be launched from Andhra Pradesh's Sriharikota & Kerala's Thumba centre, will be carrying instruments to measure the physical parameters of the upper atmosphere.

On the other hand, the scientists are hoping to bust some common myths about the eclipse so that everyone seizes this opportunity to witness the celestial brilliance.
"People 've various false beliefs regarding solar eclipse. Some think that during eclipse 'bad rays' come to earth a& they lock themselves up in their homes to avoid it. This is really rubbish & people should shed such superstitions."

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