The longest solar eclipse in the 21st century is currently occurring in Asia. The alignment of the moon and Sun began in India and will cross through Nepal, Bangladesh, China and part of the Pacific Ocean. The phenomenon will last six minutes and 39 seconds in some areas.
A Mirage-2000 fighter jet and an AN-32 medium lift transport aircraft will be flown by Indian Air Force pilots to take videos to assist scientists from Vigyan Prasar, an autonomous body of the Department of Science and Technology. The planes will hope to clear any bad weather and get a clear image of the event which will not occur again in India until 2034.