If you’ve yet to witness the rare phenomenon then here’s your chance. After a seven-year wait, Singapore will finally see another solar eclipse. The partial eclipse, where almost 90 per cent of the sun will be obscured by the moon, promises to be quite a sight. Here’s a few things you need to know:
1) What are the various types of solar eclipses?
A total eclipse occurs when the sun is completely obscured by the moon.
As its name suggests, this occurs when the sun is only partially obscured by the moon.
An annular (derived from the Latin word for “ring”) eclipse occurs when the moon covers all but a bright ring around the circumference of the sun.
When a hybrid eclipse occurs, it appears as a total eclipse when viewed at certain points on Earth while appearing as an annular when viewed at others.
2) What time will the eclipse occur?
While the peak of tomorrow’s solar eclipse is set to occur at 8.23 am, the entire phenomenon will take place between approximately 7.20am and 9.30 am. Here’s hoping our bosses will excuse tomorrow’s tardiness.
3) How should you view the solar eclipse?
Please avoid staring directly at the sun without any protection. If you have some time on your hands, you might want to build a simple pinhole projector to view the eclipse. Alternatively, you can also turn a pair of binoculars into an eclipse projector. Another option is getting your hands on a pair of solar eclipse glasses like the ones pictured below. Unfortunately, these aren’t easy to come by. You’ll probably have to purchase them online.
4) Where can you view the solar eclipse?
According to the Science Centre, the eclipse will be visible from anywhere in Singapore that has an unobstructed view of the eastern horizon at a compass heading of approximately 94 degrees. So just whip out your smartphone and use a compass app to find out where you should be facing.