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Updated: Jun 9, 2021

🛑Solar Eclipse 2021: It is again that time of the year, which skygazers from across the globe await patiently! Yes, it’s time for the first Solar Eclipse of 2021. The first Surya Grahan, as it is known here, of the year 2021, will be visible in India on 10th June 2021. Going back to our elementary school geography, a eclipse occurs when one heavenly body such as a moon or planet moves into the shadow of another heavenly body. In case of a Solar Eclipse, it would be the moon which will get in the way of the Sun's light and casts its shadow on Earth. Now that we have the basics understood well, it’s time to know other important aspects about Surya Grahan June 2021. Know all about Solar Eclipse June 2021 including, Date, Time and how to watch the majestic ‘Ring of Fire’ celestial event in the skies here. Solar Eclipse is a rare event and is on the top of the radar for skygazers, who gather in large numbers to witness it. It is important for them to know exact date and time of the event so that they don’t miss out on it. The Solar Eclipse June 2021 will be taking place on 10th June 2021. The celestial event will start around 1:42 pm IST and conclude at 6:41 pm. This will be an annular solar eclipse that will show a ring of fire during the eclipse. Along with date and time, the Solar Eclipse is also visible only in few specific geographic areas. The June 2021 Solar Eclipse will not be visible in the entire country; it will only be seen from some parts of Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh. Apart from these areas in India, the Solar Eclipse will also be visible from parts of Parts of Canada, Greenland, and Russia. As per a report published by NASA, cities like New York, Washington DC, London, and Toronto will be able to witness a partial eclipse. For those, who plan to witness Surya Grahan 2021 in person, It is not advisable to view the eclipse with the naked eye as it can cause serious damage to the eyes. Therefore, people should take adequate measures and use protective solar eclipse-viewing glasses.

Thanks to the gift of technology, skygazers who cannot travel to these areas to witness this event can watch it live via livestream on different websites and YouTube Channels. The website has published the live stream link which people can tune in to on June 10 to watch the eclipse. There are many other social media channels as well where the Surya Grahan June 2021 will be streamed live. One of the most awaited phenomenon to witness during a Solar Eclipse is the ‘Ring of Fire’. This phenomenon occurs during an annular solar eclipse when the moon covers the sun's center, leaving the sun's visible outer edges to form a "ring of fire" or annulus around the moon. However, as per the Solar Eclipse of 10th June will have a magnitude of 0.97 – which means that the shadow of the Moon would cover only 97% of the Sun. Despite this, during the annularity phase of the eclipse, the shadow of the Moon would coincide with the centre of the Sun to form a circular ring around the Sun. The ‘Ring of Fire’ as part of Surya Grahan 2021 is expected to last for 3 minutes and 40 seconds in total.

🛑The National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) under the Ministry of Culture and the Science Museum Group, London has decided to jointly organize an international traveling exhibition ‘Hunt for the Vaccine’, to narrate the story of the global efforts to develop COVID-19 vaccines. An official release by the Ministry of Culture informed that the exhibition that will cover the metropolitan cities of India will be inaugurated in November 2022 in Delhi. The Director-General of NCSM, Arijit Dutta Choudhary said that after the grand success of the exhibition ‘Superbugs: The End of Antibiotics?’, this another project where NCSM has collaborated with the Science Museum Group, London for raising awareness among the masses about the significance of vaccines in our lives. Due to the pandemic, it will be very much relevant. The latest project will also further help in strengthening the bond between the two leading Science Museums Network in the United Kingdom and India. National Council of Science Museums & Science Museum Group, London to jointly organize a unique travelling exhibition to tell the story of global efforts to develop vaccines at pandemic speed Exhibition is scheduled to be inaugurated in Nov 2022 at Delhi

As per the official statement, the exhibition will tell the story of the global efforts to find new ways to develop vaccines at the pandemic speed and to look at the vaccinations more broadly with historical and contemporary views. The international traveling exhibition will set out the scientific principles underlying the creation and efficacy of vaccines, while also capturing the behind-the-scenes work that accompanies their rapid production, development, transport, and delivery. Mobile Science Exhibition Bus: One Mobile Science Exhibition (MSE) Bus has also been added to travel to nearby areas of each location. The bus will mainly communicate the messages of the exhibition in the rural areas of India. Jonathan Newby, the Acting Director of Science Museum Group’s stated that this story has countless heroes, from the research scientists in labs to the technicians and engineers ensuring the vaccine delivery and thousands of those who volunteered to be the part of clinical trials. On the other hand, the Director NCSM and Head & Coordinator of the project in India, S Kumar said that the new exhibition with some local specific content will also be showcasing the efforts made by India during the pandemic period. It will highlight the global issue through series of events and programmes, digital and learning resources for the understanding of the vaccines, and enhanced public engagement. With its headquarters in Kolkata, NCSM administers and manages 25 science museums/centres spread across India and is the world’s largest network of museums and science centres. Innovation Hub that is set up by NCSM provides expert guidance and professional lab equipment facilities to the young student to nurture innovation, creativity, and engagement in science.

🛑Indian Navy will receive the first set of three of the 24 MH-60 ‘Romeo’ multi-role helicopters from the US in July this year. India and the US had inked a deal worth $2.4 billion (Rs 16,516 crore) in February 2020 to buy 24 MH-60 Romeo helicopters from Lockheed Martin. The first batch of Indian pilots has reached the US for training on the helicopters that are scheduled to arrive in India in July 2022. The pilots would undergo training first in the Pensacola in Florida, US, and then in San Diego in California, US. The MH-60 Romeo helicopters would be equipped with multi-mode radars and night vision devices, and they would be armed with Hellfire missiles, torpedoes, and precision-guided weaponry. The MH-60 helicopters have been designed to operate from cruisers, aircraft carriers destroyers, and frigates. MH-60 helicopters are built to target submarines, ships, and conduct search and rescue operations at sea. The MH-60 will replace Sea Kings. The Indian Navy on June 7, 2021, inducted three indigenously-built advanced light helicopters ALH MK-III. The helicopters ALH MK-III will be used for coastal security and maritime reconnaissance.

The ALH MK-III helicopters have been made by the Centre-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. The three ALH MK-III were inducted at the Indian Naval Station (INS) Dega, Eastern Naval Command (ENC) in Visakhapatnam. ALH MK-III helicopters are equipped with electro-optical equipment and modern surveillance radar which aids in maritime reconnaissance and offers long-range search and rescue. ALH MK-III is also armed with a heavy machine gun.

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