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Solar Eclipse Covered From Sky First Time In The History Of India

Publish On: 26 Dec, 2019 03:21 PM | Updated   |   Arnima  

Mumbai: The Solar eclipse was captured from the heights of the sky making any eclipse being captured from the air for the first time in the history of India. It happened due to the two city organisations MAB Aviation and Ville Parle and Space Geeks which is a group that promotes space and astronomy.

The two aircrafts deployed to photograph the eclipse were Beechcraft C90 and Cessna172S. While the former one will fly at an altitude of 10,000 feet the second one will operate at 2,000 feet.

Both planes took off from Juhu aerodrome at around 8:30 a.m. and headed towards the northern part of the city, proceeding over Shirdi at 9:45 a.m., capturing the eclipse and returned to the base.

The MAB aviation CEO Arvind Jadhav said that it would not have been possible to photograph the eclipse over the city because of heavy Air Traffic. He stated, "we have to choose an area where there is little traffic and Shirdi was the best choice."

Both planes did fly the same route at different altitudes and on both, the teams of photographers and possibly scientists, astronomers and celebrities clicked the snap of the eclipse.

The clips in the city started around 8:00 a.m. and was at maximum at 9:21 a.m. It ended around 10:55 a.m. Nehru Science Centre and E Moses road in Worli invited the public to see the eclipse through eclipse viewer, telescope fitted with filters and projections on screen.