ISRO to analyse data of solar eclipse
The Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) in Thiruvananthapuram, an unit of ISRO, has made elaborate arrangements including launch of sounding rockets to gather data for a comprehensive analysis of the annular solar eclipse, which would occur on 15th January.
The atmospheric-ionospheric parameters to be conducted inIndia would be one of the most comprehensive scientificcampaigns ever attempted during a solar eclipse anywhere inthe world, a VSSC release said on Wednesday.
As part of the campaign, nine sounding rockets would belaunched before and during the eclipse from Thumba attached to the VSCC and Satish Dhawan Space Centre, also known as the Sriharikota Range (SHAR) to collect data on the event.
At 11.14 am on 15th January, the eclipse will pass close toThumba with 91 percent obscuration of the Sun and its edgeswould touch Sriharikota with 85 percent obscuration.
The eclipse would be a unique one since it will take place during noontime, when the incoming solar radiation would be at its maximum, the VSSC release said.
It is also significant since the obscuration of the Sun during the eclipse would be exceptionally long, about 11 minutes and eight seconds, providing an opportunity to study, perhaps for the first time, the eclipse induced effects in the noontime equatorial region.
The interpretation of the space data would give new insights of the celestial phenomenon, it said.