Tuesday, July 21, 2009

July 22: An Extraordinary Event to Remember

solar eclipse july 22On this day, a Total Solar Eclipse will occur. It will be starting in India, moving through Nepal, Bangladesh, China, and the southern end of Japan, and will end in the South Pacific. This would be completely visible in India and China at 5:29 a.m. to 7:40 a.m. This is the longest solar eclipse of the 21st century that would last for 6 minutes 39 seconds.

Here in the Philippines, we would be witnessing only a partial solar eclipse. According to PAGASA, the eclipse can be viewed in Metro Manila from 8:32 a.m. to 11:01 a.m; with its peak at 9:43 a.m.

A spectacular event like this would increase people's curiosity and excitement. Thus, everyone should really take precaution and use proper equipment if they want to witness the moon as it partially covers the sun. Viewing the eclipse without proper gear can damage the eyes. The
safest method to view the eclipse is by indirect viewing like projecting the image with a pinhole camera.

Word of Precaution: Do not look directly at the sun!

You can check out NASA's interactive map to view the path of the eclipse and detailed information about this event. Here are also some websites where you can watch the live broadcast of the eclipse:

1. Live Eclipse
2. Exploratorium
3. SEMS-Sun,Earth,Moon System