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

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 12, 2019   •   855

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

LOOK: NASA shares image of supermoon

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 11, 2020

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) shared a photo of the recent supermoon on March 9.

The image showed the supermoon behind the United States (US) Capitol, in Washington, DC.  The supermoon occurs when the Moon’s orbit is closet (perigee) to Earth.

According to NASA, the 2020 supermoon is also called the following: Crow Moon, Crust Moon, Sap Moon, Sugar Moon or the Worm Moon.—AAC

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Hotter days are coming —PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   March 9, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Cooler days will be over soon as the amihan season is nearing its end.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the agency may declare the official onset of dry season in the third week of March.

The agency also noted the rising temperature in the past days.

Hotter temperature is starting to be felt in Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon due to the effects of the easterlies or the wind coming from the eastern part of the country.

At present, the cold breeze of amihan can only be experienced in areas in extreme northern Luzon.

At 6:15 a.m. on Monday (March 9), the lowest temperature recorded in Quezon City was 24.5 degrees Celsius, hotter than the usual amihan temperature that ranges from 21 to 23 degree Celsius.

The state weather agency advises the public to prepare for hotter temperature all throughout the day. MNP (with inputs from Rey Pelayo)

LPA to bring rains over Eastern Visayas, Caraga

Marje Pelayo   •   March 4, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – State weather bureau PAGASA on Wednesday (March 4) has spotted a low pressure area (LPA) at 745 kilometers east southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.

According to PAGASA, the weather system is less likely to develop into a tropical cyclone but will make landfall in any part of the country.

However, the LPA will bring scattered rain showers over Eastern Visayas and the Caraga region.

The state weather agency also noted that the effects of the LPA in Mindanao is expected to extend until Saturday (March 7).

Meanwhile, the northeast monsoon is currently affecting areas in extreme Northern Luzon.

Thus, light rains will be experienced in Batanes and Babuyan group of islands.

Meanwhile, isolated light rains will prevail over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon due to Easterlies while localized thunderstorms are expected over the rest of Mindanao. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

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