Solar Eclipse 2016

So half the world got into a tizzy over last Wednesday’s (9th March) solar eclipse, and rightly so. It was a rare moment for us in South East Asia to see this phenomena. Starting at 7.13am when the Sun had just risen, the Moon began to move across it’s face.

From the superstitious to scientific minds. Everyone gathered to watch the eclipse. News crews from around the world were gathered in parts of Indonesia where a total eclipse could be seen. For the rest of us it was satisfying enough to see a partial eclipse without having to go on a trip in the middle of the week.

The Sun had just risen for not more than 10 minutes before the eclipse started.
The Sun had just risen for not more than 10 minutes before the eclipse started.

As the Moon inexorably inched across the Sun’s face, the morning which was getting brighter started to get dimmer.

After about half an hour, the Sun was slowly but surely being covered.
After about half an hour, the Sun was slowly but surely being covered.

In Singapore, the eclipse was not total, but around 90% (87% as calculated by our science agencies).

At around 90% eclipse at 8.23am.
At close to 90% eclipse at 8.23am.

At 8.23am, the eclipse was close to 90% and by this time, the sky appeared like it was evening again. If someone didn’t known better he would have woken up and thought he overslept the whole day. Students in a school nearby got an impromptu science lesson on the eclipse with most of them standing in the school field and watching the eclipse through special glasses.

As the Moon started to move away, the sky got brighter again, and by 9am everything was back to normal. The morning’s excitement was over and life goes on as always.

 

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