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Solar eclipse on second week of March

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A total solar eclipse, visible in Hong Kong as a partial solar eclipse, will take place on the morning of March 9 under good weather conditions.

According to a bulletin at the Hong Kong Observatory, the eclipse will begin at 8.05am and end at 9.57am., with the maximum eclipse occurring at 8:58 a.m. This eclipse has a magnitude of 0.331, which means that 33.1% of the Sun’s diameter will be obscured by the Moon at maximum eclipse.

With clear enough weather, most places with an unobstructed view to the east-southeast are suitable for viewing the event, since the elevation of the Sun would be rather high during the eclipse.

The Observatory reminded the public never to look directly at the sun with the naked eye or through a telescope or binoculars, or risk suffering extreme eye damage, or even blindness. It suggested a safer alternative for viewing the eclipse by projecting the image on a white surface.

The Hong Kong Observatory will also provide a webcast of the eclipse at 8.00am on March 9, a joint effort with the Hong Kong Space Museum, the Ho Koon Nature Education cum Astronomical Centre, the Po Leung Kuk Ngan Po Ling College and the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Solar Tower.

The next solar eclipse to be visible in Hong Kong will take place on 26 December, 2019.

By Kevin Baird (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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