Twin eclipses, one of the Sun and the other of the Moon, occur within a span of a fortnight this October.
The one of the sun occurs on October 3, 2005 followed by that of the moon, on the 17th.
Both are visible in India and in many parts of the world.
An eclipse of the Sun occurring on Monday, October 3, 2005, will be visible as an annular one from within a narrow corridor on the globe and as a partial one from some other parts of it. This is the second solar eclipse of 2005 and is confined to the Eastern hemisphere. The narrow track of this annular eclipse traverses the Iberian Peninsula and stretches across the African continent. This will be seen as a partial eclipse within the much broader path of the penumbral shadow of the moon, which includes Europe, western Asia , the middle east, India and most of Africa.
The path of the annular eclipse of October 3, 2005, begins in the north Atlantic at 08h.41m UT, where the shadow of the moon meets the earth and forms a 222 kilometer wide corridor. During its 3 hour 41 minute flight across our planet, the shadow of the moon travels about 14,100 kilometers and covers 0.57% of the earth's surface.
Astrologically, the eclipse occurring in Hasta Nakshatra can afflict those born in it and in Rohini, Uttaraphalguni, Chitta and Sravana Nakshatras. Ancient texts forebode affliction to crops, poets, writers, musicians, medical professionals around the world.
The last Lunar eclipse of the year is a rather shallow partial eclipse of the moon. The penumbral phase begins at 09h.51m. UT.
The major phases of the eclipse are:
Penumbral Eclipse Begins 15h.:21.4m.(IST)
Partial Eclipse Begins 17h.:04.0m.(IST)
Greatest Eclipse 17h.:33.3m.(IST)
Partial Eclipse Ends 18h.:02.5m.(IST)
Penumbral Eclipse Ends 19h.:45.1m.(IST)
As the southern limb of the moon dips just 2.2 arc-minutes into the dark umbral shadow of the earth, the eclipse will be shallow. However, this partial phase would last for nearly an hour. This is due to the grazing geometry of the moon and umbra. At its maximum phase at 12h.03m.UT, the moon will stand near the zenith for observers in the central Pacific, with magnitude of only 0.068. North Americans can see the start of the event. For observers east of the Mississippi River and Great Lakes the moon would set by mid-eclipse. Further west, the entire event will be visible from the Pacific coast provinces and states as well as eastern Asia and Australia.
In India, the beginning of the eclipse is visible from the eastern parts. The ending of the partial phase will be visible from all over India, except the western parts, where the moon rises only after the eclipse ends. The partial eclipse begins at 17h.04m. and ends at 18h.02.5m.IST. at Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Kolkata the beginning of the eclipse will not be seen, as it will be before the moonrise at these places. However, the ending will be visible at these places. The beginning can be seen at places like Agartala, Darjeeling, Shillong and other places.
Astrologically, the eclipse taking place in Revati Nakshatra can afflict those born in it and also in Uttarabhadrapada, Aswini, Aslesha and Jyeshta. Ancient texts forebode affliction to politicians.