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°|
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.
Safe observation of the Sun by projection method