Total Solar Eclipse will not be visible in India; Aditya L1 spacecraft will ‘miss it’- ISRO chief S. Somanath explains

Today, several parts of the world will witness the rare Solar Eclipse. While people in North America will be able to see the event, people in other countries could witness the live stream of the event on NASA TV, Google TV, and other platforms. The event is reported to stay for several hours, therefore, it is one of the biggest celestial events which you should not miss. However, ISRO’s Aditya L1 spacecraft, which is actively monitoring the Sun, will miss the Total Solar Eclipse due to its location. Know what ISRO Chairman said in a statement. 

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ISRO’s Aditya L1 spacecraft will not capture the Total Solar Eclipse

Aditya L1 spacecraft was launched in 2023 to study the Sun’s activity. It is currently positioned in the halo orbit of the Lagrange point- 1 (L1) which provides an uninterrupted view of the Sun. The location of the spacecraft was very precisely planned, due to which it will not be able to witness the Total Solar Eclipse. ISRO picked such a location for this particular reason as ISRO did not want the study to be affected by any occultation or eclipses. NDTV quoted ISRO Chairman S. Somanath who said, “Aditya L1 spacecraft will not see the solar eclipse as the moon is behind the spacecraft, at the Lagrange Point 1 (L1 point), the eclipse that is visible on Earth doesn’t have much significance at that location.” 

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Therefore, even being very close to the Sun, the Aditya L1 spacecraft will miss the rare celestial event, but on purpose. The L1 point is located 1.5 million kilometres from Earth, which gives the spacecraft a clear sight of the sun. The spacecraft was placed in the halo orbit on 6 January 2024, and since then it has been actively studying the solar activity of the Sun. Somanath also highlighted how the spacecraft creates its own artificial solar eclipse to study the Sun. Somanath said, “A solar eclipse is created in the coronagraph by eliminating the light from the disc of the Sun.” Additionally, Nigar Shaji, the Project Director for the Aditya L1 mission said, “Due to the eclipse, nothing special happens to the Sun.”

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