Tuesday, July 21, 2009

total eclipse of the, er, sun

if there's one thing you have to do in your lifetime, it's to see an actual total solar eclipse! now we don't know if any part of the philippines will witness a total solar eclipse tomorrow, but it will definitely get dark. we can't recall the last time we witnessed a solar eclipse, but we must have seen, oh, two or three in our lifetime. yes, we are that old!! the total solar eclipse of july 22, 2009 will be the longest of the 21st century, lasting six minutes and 39 seconds. blink and you miss! and speaking of which, NEVER look directly at the sun lest you go blind, no kidding. according to the NASA website:

"On Wednesday, 2009 July 22, a total eclipse of the Sun is visible from within a narrow corridor that traverses half of Earth. The path of the Moon's umbral shadow begins in India and crosses through Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and China. After leaving mainland Asia, the path crosses Japan's Ryukyu Islands and curves southeast through the Pacific Ocean where the maximum duration of totality reaches 6 min 39 s. A partial eclipse is seen within the much broader path of the Moon's penumbral shadow, which includes most of eastern Asia, Indonesia, and the Pacific Ocean."

in the philippines, we will witness a partial solar eclipse. it starts at 8:33am, the full eclipse at 9:43am, and will end at 11:01am. wake up for this natural phenomenon because the next one will be on july 11, 2010! pray for a clear, cloudless sky and no rain!


pregnancy said...

It was beautiful eclipse, just saw it on the website when it turn the would like a night time... I was missing out that time cause I was in BKK, Thailand and it was raining heavy this morning.

Anonymous said...

i think they say we're lucky we didn't see the eclipse in the Phils. since they say it's bad luck to watch it.

ria said...

I missed the eclipse.