Posts Tagged ‘Partial Eclipse’

An eclipse in Goa, India

14 July, 2009

If you’re in the northern part of India, even better if you’re in the northeastern part because then it won’t be too early before sunrise, there’s a good chance you can catch the total solar eclipse.

Here’s a shot of silhouettes in Goa to inspire you.

19 Mar 2007 (Photo: Joerg Schoppmeyer)

On Moonday, March 19, (2007) shortly before the equinox, locations in Asia and the Arctic were favoured by the New Moon’s shadow during a partial solar eclipse. Although the view from Goa, India found the eclipsed Sun near the horizon, photographer Joerg Schoppmeyer was still able to capture this lovely image, combining celestial with terrestrial silhouettes. The next eclipse season will begin in late August this year, featuringa total lunar eclipse on August 28, and another partial solar eclipse on September 11. Compared to the March 19th eclipse, the September 11th eclipse will be seen on the other side of our fair planet, from parts of South America and Antarctica. (Source: APOD)

8 more days to the Eclipse of the Century!


Is the eclipse visible from Singapore?

14 July, 2009

Technically, yes. Singapore will experience a partial eclipse, but a really slight one. It’ll be less than 10%, and more around 3.5% to 4%.

Author: HM Nautical Almanac Office

We’re too far south, that’s why.

It’ll be a slight partial solar eclipse. Like this one captured from Brazil by Giuliano Maiolini on 10 September 2007.

Partial Solar Eclipse (Image: Giu Maiolini)

So this means the best place to catch the century’s most dramatic total solar eclipse on the morning of 22 July is… *drumroll* … Right at your desk!

On, of course.

Will I see be able to see the Eclipse?

14 July, 2009

The total solar eclipse on 22 July 2009 will fall along a narrow corridor through northern India, eastern Nepal, northern Bangladesh, Bhutan, the northern tip of Myanma, central China and the Pacific Ocean including the Ryukyu, Marshall and Kiribati Islands.

Author: A.T. Sinclair,

Many cities like Surat, Varanasi, Patna, Thimphu, Chengdu, Chongqing, Wuhan, Hangzhou and Shanghai as well as over the Three Gorges Dam, will get to see the total eclipse.

(See the black dot on the animation — that’s the narrow path of eclipse totality, which actually spans over 100 miles wide.)

A partial eclipse will be seen along the much broader path of the Moon’s penumbra shadow.

Depending on how far above or below you are in the penumbral shadow, you’ll catch varying degrees of a partial solar eclipse.

Cities like Dehli, KolkataBeijing, Ulan BatorSeoul, Tokyo, Osaka, TaipeiHanoi, Ho Chi MinhManila, Kuantan and Kuala Lumpur and will still be able to catch varying degrees of a partial solar eclipse.

The closer the city is to the path of totality, the more significant the partial eclipse they will experience. For instance, Chiang Mai will see a more significant partial eclipse than Bangkok because it is nearer the umbral shadow.

Cities in western India like Bangalore and Jaipur may catch only part of the eclipse as it may begin before the sun has risen in those parts.

(Click on cities to see the animation of the percentage of the partial eclipse. The animation links and the graphics below are from HM Nautical Almanac Office and the breakdown by city can be found here.)

Delhi, IndiaCalcutta, IndiaHyderabad, PakistanBeijing, ChinaHong Kong, ChinaTokyo, JapanTaipei, TaiwanSeoul, South KoreaManila, PhilippinesHanoi, VietnamChiang Mai, ThailandKuantan, Malaysia

As for the rest of the world, don’t forget that you can still watch the total solar eclipse. It’ll be shown LIVE at

In the details

13 July, 2009

Image: GerlosGerlos_Sequenzaeclissi

Here a sequence of a partial eclipse that was so detailed it made our heads spin. (Or maybe that’s just because it’s Monday and our brains haven’t warmed up yet.)

The sequence was shot every 3 minutes. Taken of the 29 March 2006 total solar eclipse, this view is from Palermo, Spain which experiences only a partial eclipse.

All-in-one eclipse

12 July, 2009

This is an interesting shot. Instead of doing the phases of the eclipse in a sequence of shots, this one overlays them all. The partial eclipse and the corona shining around the total eclipse.

Solar Eclipse (Photo: R Berteig_

A moment by moment view of a partial eclipse

14 June, 2009

Author: Lucky13proplayer

Here’s an image (many images actually) of the August 1, 2008 total solar eclipse mentioned in yesterday’s post. Only this sequence was seen from Romania, which experienced the partial eclipse. much of Europe fell in the penumbral shadow of the moon during the eclipse.