Don’t worry, darlings! Today, everyone will be receiving the best Christmas gift from the universe — an annular solar eclipse. A day after Christmas, December 26, Filipinos will be able to witness a wonder of nature.
Based on the article posted on PEP.ph, “the sun and moon will align for three hours and 15 minutes at noontime. The partial solar eclipse will begin at 12:36 p.m. and reach its maximum eclipse at 2:19 p.m. when the moon is closest to the center of the sun. The moon will leave the sun’s edge at 3:47 p.m.”
However, the eclipse will either be partial or full depending on your location. In the Philippines, about two-thirds of the sun will be eclipsed by the moon on December 26. Moreover, a number of astronomy organizations will be holding telescope viewings across the country.
According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the best place in the country to catch the eclipse will be on Sarangani Island, Davao Occidental.
What is Annular Solar Eclipse?
Forbes described, “an annular solar eclipse occurs when a New Moon is furthest from the Earth on its elliptical orbit, and on Christmas Day it will appear about one percent smaller in the sky. It can’t fully eclipse the Sun, and instead observers see a “ring of fire” or “ring of light” around the Moon. It’s essentially a pretty partial solar eclipse, and at all times observers need to wear protective solar eclipse glasses.”
From earth, humans will see the dark side of the moon as it blocks the sun’s rays.
It’s a Christmas gift for all, of course. Let’s witness this wonder of nature!