|Solar Eclipse of July 2009
||[Jun. 21st, 2009|08:45 pm]
Philippine Astronomical Society (PAS) will be sending a team to China to observe the most-awaited total solar eclipse this year! (If I only have the money, my opening line would be: "China, here I come!"...but no. Haha!)|
We, the poor ones, will have a local observation instead. The location isn't finalized yet. Message me if you're interested and I'll give you the complete info.
In fact, PAS always welcomes anyone who wants to join our meetings, seminars and observations. This group would probably be the coolest and the kindest people you'll meet. :D
Ask any astronomy-related questions (or maybe any geeky stuff) bothering you, no matter how silly you think your question is, we're always excited to try and answer them!
So going back to the event, I really hope the sky would cooperate. Locally, we will just witness a PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE because the totality will only be in parts of China, India, South of Japan and along a certain portion of the Pacific. (projected on Earth, the black dot - shadow caused by the Moon covering the Sun, is the umbra where the totality will be witnessed and the gray shadow is the penumbra where the partial shall occur.)
"There you go...that small archipelagic country...under the gray circle"
On the morning of July 22, 2009, we will witness an almost 50% of our sun covered by the moon! You will see crescent-shaped shadows. It'll be crazy. Hehe.
Metro Manila, Philippines
First Contact (The Moon nears the edge of the Sun) :
Maximum Eclipse (49% part of the Sun covered):
Fourth Contact (Last contact of the Moon from the edge of the Sun):