Eclipse

Eclipse

The best viewing time according to a Straits Times news report, is at 4.25pm. Remember to look out of your window then. 🙂

Via Straits Times.com:

Catch solar eclipse on Fri
By Victoria Vaughan

A COOL sensation will descend over Singapore on Friday afternoon with a solar eclipse said to be the longest of its kind in the next 1,000 years.

At its peak over the Indian Ocean, it will last for just over 11 minutes.

In Singapore, it will last from about 3.10pm to 5.30pm, with the best viewing time at about 4.25pm.

The Singapore Science Centre will set up its giant telescope and host various activities to mark the event. It usually attracts a few hundred people to watch such eclipses. It will also hand out free solar glasses through which the eclipse can be viewed safely.

‘There will definitely be something worth seeing and people will experience a cool sensation on the skin as there will be a dip in radiation from the sun. It will feel like the sun in more temperate climates,’ said the centre’s outgoing chief executive, Dr Chew Tuan Chiong.

Friday’s eclipse is an annular one – the moon will pass in front of the sun, but will not block it completely, as in a total eclipse. Instead, there will be a ring of fire, or a solar ring, visible around the edge of the darkened moon.

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