Rare annular solar eclipse wows spectators across Asia

Marje Pelayo   •   December 26, 2019   •   558

MANILA, Philippines – Professional and amateur photographers, astronomy enthusiasts from different countries turned their lenses up to watch the rare annular solar eclipse this year.

In the Philippines, spectators flocked the University of the Philippines Astronomical Observatory in Diliman to have a glimpse of the eclipse.

Despite the cloudy skies, viewers enjoyed the once-in-a-lifetime experience.

“It was interesting,” said Sabrina Gacad, an astronomy enthusiast.

Christina Soriano tagged her children to the viewing deck to personally experience the eclipse.

“Para makita din nila na nangyayari talaga ang solar eclipse (For them to witness the phenomenon that solar eclipse really does happen),” she explained.

The last time the Philippines was able to view an annular solar eclipse was in 1944.

It is a phenomenon when the moon covers the sun’s center leaving the outer edges of the sun visible, thus it is called annulus or the ‘ring of fire.’

In Asia, it was viewed this year in Malaysia, Singapore, India, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

In the Middle East, it was best viewed in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Sri Lanka, and the United Arab Emirates, even in the Northern Marianas Islands and Guam.

The next annular solar eclipse will happen 44 years after in 2063. MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

Here are some of the images that the netizens captured of the annular solar eclipse:

Several parts of PH to witness annular solar eclipse on Dec. 26

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 12, 2019

The annular solar eclipse as seen from Hongdao of Qingdao, eastern China’s Shandong province, 15 January 2010. EPA-EFE/WU HONG

Several parts of the Philippines will be able to witness the annular solar eclipse on December 26, according to PAGASA.

“An annular eclipse happens when the moon is farthest from Earth. Because the moon is farther away from Earth, it seems smaller and does not block the entire view of the sun thus creating a ‘ring of fire’ effect,” according to PAGASA.

The annular eclipse will be observed in the southernmost part of Davao Occidental.

According to PAGASA, the best site of observation is in Balut and Batulaki, Sarangani Island, Davao Occidental while other parts of the country will observe it as partial solar eclipse.

The earliest start of the eclipse will begin at 12:32 p.m. in Manila while it will begin at 12:43 p.m. in Balut Island. —AAC

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