Salam and hello everyone. I just want to share this interesting information about a rare phenomenon that is expected to happen this Friday, 15th January 2010, which is the first partial solar eclipse for 2010. The last partial solar eclipse was on 26th January 2009 and you can view some of my pictures from the last partial solar eclipse here. This 2010 partial eclipse phenomenon, which is expected to happen from Africa then go through Indian Ocean where the annulus maximum time will reach up to 11 minutes 8 seconds. Then, it will across Asia from Bangladesh, India Myanmar and China. Hence, in Malaysia, people will be able to see this phenomenon this Friday as early as 3.00pm until 5.45pm. So, grab this rare chance.
So, how to see this phenomenon? Before I continue, let me give a warm warning to you. DO NOT SEE DIRECTLY TO THE SUN WITH NAKED EYE. Doing so may damage your eye or even worse, may result you go blind. So, please don’t. Listed below are few safe ways on how to see this eclipse phenomenon:
- Use Pin Hole camera
- Use solarscope
- Special eclipse spectacle
- Telescope with sun filter
So, listed above are some of safe ways on how to see this eclipse phenomenon. However, for those who are living around Kuala Lumpur, you may come to Planetarium Negara Kuala Lumpur from 2pm to 6pm because they will organize a program for this phenomenon. So, you may see this eclipse phenomenon using the special telescope at Planetarium Negara. And for those who are living in Langkawi, you may see this phenomenon at Kompleks Pekan Rabu, Langkawi from 3pm to 6pm on the same day.
Anyhow, for those who cannot go both of those places, don’t worry. You can see it live via Angkasa live streaming at www.angkasa.gov.my from 3pm to 5.40pm on the same day. So, wherever you are, you can see it.
p/s: Hopefully the weather is good to see this eclipse phenomenon this Friday because it seems every evening is raining here in KL.
p/p/s: For Muslim, you can get the guideline on how to perform “Solat Gerhana Matahari” from Kujie2′s blog here.
Source: Berita Harian