Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Government on Saturday announced holiday on account of a solar eclipse on October 25.
All the government offices, educational institutes, schools, colleges, revenue and magisterial courts, banks and banking institutes will remain closed on the day.
The solar eclipse will occur on October 25 and will be visible from parts of Europe, western Asia and northeast Africa.
The next totality will take place on April 8, 2023, during a hybrid solar eclipse. These rare eclipses are a combination of an annular eclipse and a total solar eclipse. “During the event, a “ring of fire” will be visible for a few seconds in the Indian and Pacific oceans, with totality in Exmouth, Western Australia (up to 1 minute), Timor Leste (1 minute 14 seconds) and West Papua (1 minute 9 seconds).”
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon is positioned between Earth and the sun and casts a shadow over Earth. They can only occur during the phase of the new moon and make for an interesting skywatching target.
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