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09 March 2016, Partial Solar Eclipse in Hong Kong
 

Partial Solar Eclipse: 09 March 2016 (Eclipse Magnitude : 0.33)

A partial solar eclipse can be seen in Hong Kong on 9 March 2016. The partial eclipse begins at 8:05 a.m. The Sun is located at about 20 degrees above the eastern horizon at that time. Maximum eclipse occurs at 8:58 a.m. with one-third the diameter of the solar disk blocked. The eclipse magnitude is 0.33. The entire eclipse ends at 9:57 a.m. Even when the Sun is partially blocked by the Moon, do not look at the Sun directly as the sunlight is still intense. Safe observation methods include using suitable solar viewers, or pinhole projection to see the projected image of the Sun. The Hong Kong Space Museum will organise observation activity on that day. If you miss this opportunity, you will have to wait until 26 December 2019 for the next partial solar eclipse to be visible in Hong Kong.

The path of the shadow of the Moon on Earth during the partial solar eclipse on 9 March, 2016:

 

Stage Local Time (H.K.) Altitude Azimuth
(North is 0° , East is 90°)
I. Partial eclipse begins 8:05 a.m. 19° 103°
II. Greatest eclipse 8:58 a.m. 31° 110°
III. Partial eclipse ends 9:57 a.m. 43° 120°


position of the solar eclipse

As the Sun is near the horizon at the beginning of the eclipse, those interested in observing should go to a place with unobstructed view of the sky near the horizon in the East direction and monitor the cloud condition from time to time.

As one needs to watch the Sun in order to observe the eclipse, precaution must been taken. Never look directly at the Sun with your naked eyes because its blaze can cause permanent eye damage or even blindness.


Click this link to find out how to observe the Sun safety


 

observing the Sun by projection method
Safe observation of the Sun by projection method

 

 

Partial Solar Eclipse Observation Activity on 9 March, 2016 (Wednesday)
 
The activity will be held at the following two locations:
 
Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Venue: Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront (between HK Cultural Centre and HK Museum of Art)
Joint organisers: Hong Kong Space Museum and Hong Kong Astronomical Society
 
Time : 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Venue: Statue Square, Central
Joint organisers: Hong Kong Space Museum and Ho Koon Nature Education cum Astronomical Centre
(The Sun may be blocked by the surrounding buildings during the early stage of the eclipse)
 
The activities are free of charge. You are welcome to join on the spot. 
 
If the activities are cancelled due to rainy weather, announcements will be made on our Facebook fan page at 5 am on that day. Please visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/hkspacem/