Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Solar eclipse of 9 March, 2016

A half-sunny Singapore at 8.30am
 
A PARTIAL solar eclipse shone over the skyline this morning at 8.30am. At over 87 per cent coverage of the sun, it marked a rare occurrence for sunny Singapore.
 
The last solar eclipse here was on May 10, 2013, and the one before that was on Jan 26, 2009.
 
Eclipse chasers can look to Dec 26, 2019 for the spectacular and even rarer annular solar eclipse, when the moon appears slightly smaller than the sun as it passes centrally across it, creating a bright ring of sunlight, also known as a “ring of fire”. Taken from Labrador Park, the partial eclipse overlooks the central business district on the right and the Tanjong Pagar Terminal on the left.
 
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Partial Eclipse Of The Sun
 
As luck would have it, a mass fluff of clouds happened to float through the path of the sun just when the eclipse was at its fullest. This gave the public the perfect opportunity to shoot and see the eclipse in its full glory with their naked eyes. A crescent shaped sun made for a fascinating sight, many greeting it with a chorus of ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ alike.
 
With the recent Nikon photoshop incident, it was no surprise that jokes were made about photoshopping the solar eclipse. Foo reveals that some of those jokes included adding a plane or E.T. in the bicycle to the sky.
 
“Someone even added the idea of a fishing boy onto the crescent sun, copying the DreamWorks logo,” he says.
 
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For those who couldn’t wake up, here are pictures & videos of partial solar eclipse from S’pore
 
This fine Wednesday morning, Singapore, Indonesia and some other countries in our region were able to observe a rare solar eclipse.
 
It peaked at 8:23am in Singapore, with about 90 per cent of the sun obscured — only Palembang in Indonesia was able to see a complete solar eclipse, we understand — and was over by about 9:30, according to local media reports, like this Straits Times one that embedded a couple of local live streams of the event.
 
We know not everyone might have been prepared with solar-filtered lenses, though, and so this might have been your experience:
 
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In case you missed the solar eclipse today, this is what it looked like
ITE College East captured the partial solar eclipse for those that may have missed it.
 
And also. Andrew Lum captured the solar eclipse beautifully at East Coast Park with his Leica camera
 
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PM Lee Hsien Loong's FB on March 8 at 7:26pm

(PMO Photo by Chiez How, captured at 8.17am through darkened windows)
 
Went to the Botanic Gardens early this morning to catch the solar eclipse. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a good shot. My staff Chiez How managed to get this. smile emoticon What about you? Please share your pics here - I have changed the settings so that you can now do so. - LHL
 
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PM Lee's call for eclipse photos draws humorous responses
 
He didn’t get a good shot of the solar eclipse that captivated crowds across Singapore and parts of Asia this morning. But that did not stop Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong from joining in the fun.

He changed the settings on his Facebook page and urged netizens to share their pictures of the solar eclipse on his page. Hundreds of Facebook users took the chance to show off their photography skills - as well as wit and humour.
 
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Solar eclipse of March 9, 2016
 
A total solar eclipse took place on March 8–9, 2016. If viewed from east of the International Date Line (for instance from Hawaii), the eclipse took place on March 8 (local time) and elsewhere on March 9. A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon's apparent diameter is larger than the Sun's and the apparent path of the Sun and Moon intersect, blocking all direct sunlight and turning daylight into darkness; the sun appears to be black with a halo around it.
 
Totality occurs in a narrow path across Earth's surface, with the partial solar eclipse visible over a surrounding region thousands of kilometres wide. The eclipse of March 8–9, 2016 had a magnitude of 1.0450 visible across an area of Pacific Ocean, which started in Indonesia, and ended in the northern Pacific Ocean.
 
The eclipse was clearly visible in many parts of Indonesia, including Central Sulawesi and Ternate, but obscured by cloud cover in Palembang, the largest city on the path of totality. The eclipse coincided with Nyepi, a public holiday in Indonesia and the end of the Balinese saka calendar. Because Nyepi is normally a day of silence, Muslims on Bali had to be given special dispensation to attend special prayer services during the eclipse.
 
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