FAQ on Surya Grahan: Info compiled through self, Internet and SriRamachandra-Bangalore. NVR(firstname.lastname@example.org)
What is Surya Grahan – The moon coming in the way between Sun and the Earth forming a kindof shadow thus the sun is eclipsed partially or fully. More explanation is as below
If the Moon's inner or umbral shadow sweeps across Earth's surface, then a total eclipse of the Sun is seen. Thetrack of the Moon's umbral shadow across Earth is called the
Path of Totality
. It is typically 10,000 miles long butonly about 100 miles wide. It covers less than 1% of Earth's entire surface area. In order to see the Sun becomecompletely eclipsed by the Moon, you must be somewhere inside the narrow path of totality.The path of a total eclipse can cross any part of Earth. Even the North and South Poles get a total eclipse sooneror later. Just one total eclipse occurs each year or two. Since each total eclipse is only visible from a very narrowtrack, it is rare to see one from any single location. You'd have to wait an average of 375 years to see two totaleclipses from one place. Of course, the interval between seeing two eclipses from one particular place can beshorter or longer. For instance, the last total eclipse visible from Princeton, NJ was in 1478 and the next is in2079. That's an interval of 601 years. However, the following total eclipse from Princeton is in 2144, after aperiod of only 65 years
This Month, when is surya Grahan Falling – 15
of Jan’2010 the next day after Makara Sankranti.3.
What is the time duration of this Month Surya Grahan -
What is Rahugrasta or Ketu Grasta– Basically, Rahu and Ketu are not grahas. They are only aChaya grahas. In astrology it is nodal points on the moon in the North and south respectively.In vedic astrology it is considered as one of the nine grahas, that is why along with7(sun,Moon,Mars,Mercury,Jupiter,venus,and Saturn,)grahas, these Rahu and ketu constitutes tobe 8
graha. Thus we have (9) Navagrahas. If the grahna is happening from Rahu’s sideof Moon, then it is Rahugrasta. If it is otherway round, then it is Ketugrasta.5.
Which are the Nakshatra and rashi affected for this grahana(Eclipse)- Uttarashada Nakshatra –dhanurrasi, Makara rasi are affected.6.
Whether it is partial or full In India, - it is Partial Surya Grahan this year. The grahan on January15, 2010 passes between the southern tip of India and northern Sri Lanka. Both regions liewithin the path where maximum annularity lasts for 10 minutes 15 seconds. Maximum grahanwill be visible in Trivandrum and other regions in south Kerala and in Tirunellveli, Madurai,Thanjavur and Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu7.
Whether I can see the graham in naked Eyes- Never. Use proper U/V Protected Glasses.