On December 12, we witnessed the last full moon of 2019. Now, our natural satellite, the Sun, will give us an astronomical event after Christmas: a solar eclipse.
The date of the event is on 26 December. Likewise, where the solar eclipse will be best observed in South India:
- Parts of Indonesia
- And in several countries of the Arabian Peninsula, such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Oman.
The eclipse will begin in Saudi Arabia and end up in the western Pacific after crossing many of these mentioned countries.
Also, the event will last approximately 5 and a half hours, although it will not be the same time for some regions of the world. It all depends on the position of the Earth.
A decrease in sunlight may be observed for a few seconds. However, below are the cities in which may be seen in its fullest:
- Doha (Qatar) for 35 seconds
- Coimbatore (India) for 3 minutes and 4 seconds
- Padangsidempuan (Indonesia) for 3 minutes and 31 seconds.
- Singapore (Singapore) for 2 minutes and 20 seconds
- Kota Samarahan (Malaysia) for 1 minute 56 seconds
- Guam Island (USA) for 3 minutes and 10 seconds
What do we call an annular eclipse of the sun or a solar eclipse?
A solar eclipse produces a bright ring of fiery light that “makes a silhouette” to the Moon and occurs when the Moon is in its farthest orbit from Earth: the lunar apogee.
Because the natural satellite is farther from Earth than usual, it cannot cover the entire face of the Sun. During an annular eclipse, the beams of light become small rings of light.
Remember that in a total eclipse the Moon covers the entire surface of the Sun and that is the difference.