Vietnamese enjoy decade’s last solar eclipse

Thursday, 2019-12-26 15:15:39
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The solar eclipse seen in Hai Phong city this afternoon. (Photo: Nguyen Phuc Hiep)
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NDO – Vietnamese people joined each other in many parts of the world to observe the last solar eclipse of the decade this afternoon, December 26.

After nearly four years since March 2016, a partial solar eclipse has returned to Vietnam.

According to astronomers, the eclipse started from 10:43 am to 2:01 pm (Vietnam time) and reached its peak at 12:17 pm, creating an annular eclipse lasting up to 3 minutes and 40 seconds.

A girl observes the eclipse through a telescope in Ho Chi Minh City. (Photo: Facebook Vũ trụ trong tầm tay)

Foreign visitors join Ho Chi Minh City residents to enjoy the solar eclipse. (Photo: Facebook Vũ trụ trong tầm tay)

As the North has been suffering from a strengthened cold spell of weather, bringing along a cloudy sky, it left unfavourable conditions for locals to observe the eclipse, while those in the central region, the Central Highlands and the South were more ideally set to enjoy the last solar eclipse of the decade.

The annular solar eclipse started in Saudi Arabia. Some countries such as Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Guam could also observe the eclipse, with the most ideal place to enjoy the eclipse being in Singapore.

The solar eclipse seen through a special piece of equipment in Ho Chi Minh City. (Photo: Facebook Vũ trụ trong tầm tay)

A father and her daughter watching the solar eclipse together in Ho Chi Minh City. (Photo: Facebook Vũ trụ trong tầm tay)

Vietnam could only observe a partial eclipse, the sun was obscured by the moon by 70% at the maximum of the eclipse as seen in Ho Chi Minh City, while in Hanoi the figure was only about 40% due to the cloudy sky.

The solar eclipse seen in Ho Chi Minh City at 12:38 pm on December 26, 2019. (Photo: Nguyen Tuyet Phi Nhung)

The last solar eclipse of the decade seen in Hanoi at 11:51 am. (Photo: Vietnamnet)

The solar eclipse seen in Ninh Thuan province at 11:52 am this morning. (Photo: Phu Tue Tri)

The eclipse seen at 10:55 am in the southernmost province of Ca Mau. (Photo: Ngo Hai Long)

The annular eclipse is a form of a total eclipse when the moon lies in a line with the sun and the Earth, but since the moon is closer to Earth than it normally is, it is smaller than the sun in the sky. As a result, when the moon cannot completely cover the sun, the outermost part of the sun surrounded by the moon forms a mesmerising "ring of fire". This is considered to be the most beautiful kind of eclipse for those who love to observe the phenomenon.

An annular solar eclipse is observed with the use of a solar filter, in Siak, Riau province, Indonesia. Annular eclipses occur when the moon is not close enough to the Earth to completely obscure the sun, leaving a thin ring of the solar disc still visible. (Photo: Reuters)

The moon passes between the sun and the earth during an annular solar eclipse in Madinat Zayed in the Al Dhafra region of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Outside the narrow band where the "Ring of fire" effect can be observed, sky watchers could see a partial solar eclipse. (Photo: Reuters)