An annular eclipse of the sun occurred today which was seen from Bangladesh. This was the last solar eclipse of 2019, a so-called "Ring of Fire", which was visible from Eastern Hemisphere.
The partial solar eclipse began at 8:30am in the South-East of Ras Madrakah of Oman in the Arabian Sea and ended at 2:05:33pm in the South-West of Guam Island in the Philippines Sea, said the Met office.
Central path of the eclipse was West of Urayarah of Bahrain and the highest magnitude of the eclipse was 0.969, it said.
Annular or partial solar eclipses might not be as jaw-dropping as a total solar eclipse, but it's still amazing to think that the Moon and Sun are aligned so perfectly to produce magnificent celestial displays for us here on Earth.
Another fact, that might interest people is that, solar eclipses always occur within roughly two weeks of a lunar eclipse, because of the way the eclipse season works. During eclipse season (which happens every six months or so), whenever there is a full Moon, a lunar eclipse occurs; and, whenever there is a new Moon, a solar eclipse occurs.
The current season's lunar eclipse is happening on 10 January, but unfortunately it's a penumbral lunar eclipse, which is hard to distinguish from a usual full Moon.
In our country people take many precautions whenever there's an eclipse. They don't let children or pregnant women go outdoors, don't eat or drink while the eclipse is going on etc. While these things are unscientific and definitely superstitions, people should actually be careful about their eye safety.
It is never safe to look directly at the sun's rays – even if the sun is partly obscured. When watching a partial eclipse, you must wear eclipse glasses at all times if you want to face the sun, or use an alternate indirect method. This also applies during a total eclipse up until the time when the sun is completely and totally blocked.