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How to see next week’s annular solar eclipse in Indonesia

  • Kharishar Kahfi
    Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, December 16, 2019   /   04:53 pm
How to see next week’s annular solar eclipse in Indonesia A composite image of a total solar eclipse seen at the Lowell Observatory Solar Eclipse Experience on Aug. 21, 2017, in Madras, Oregon. (AFP/Stan Honda)

An annular solar eclipse will finish out the 2019 calendar year. Scientists have calculated that the event will take place on Dec. 26, Thursday of next week. 

This will be the last of five solar eclipses this year visible to earthlings.

Indonesia will be one of many countries and regions to witness the solar eclipse, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman, India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia and parts of the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) wrote on its official Twitter account, @infoBMKG, that the eclipse would be visible in seven provinces: Aceh, North Sumatra, Riau, the Riau Islands, West Kalimantan, North Kalimantan and East Kalimantan.

The National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (Lapan) said that the best place to watch the eclipse would be Siak regency, Riau. 

The annular solar eclipse will also be visible in Padang Sidempuan, North Sumatra, and Singkawang, West Kalimantan.

“The eclipse is predicted to start 12:15 p.m. Western Indonesian Time [WIB], peaking at 12:17 p.m. and ending at 12:19 p.m.,” Lapan wrote.

According to information at gerhanaindonesia.id, other cities in Indonesia will experience the phenomenon as a partial solar eclipse. Jakarta, for example, will see about 72 percent of the solar eclipse between 10:43 a.m. and 2:45 pm. The peak of eclipse will occur at 12:36 p.m.

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Annular solar eclipses occur when the Sun, Moon and Earth line up perfectly while the Moon is at its farthest point from the Earth. From the planet’s surface, the Moon’s apparent diameter is smaller than the Sun’s. It therefore blocks most of the Sun’s light, leaving a glowing ring around the moon’s circumference.

A partial solar eclipse occurs when the moon blocks only part of the sun's disk.

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