Pinoys witness partial solar eclipse

Posted at 05/21/2012 9:24 AM | Updated as of 05/21/2012 12:28 PM

MANILA, Philippines – A partial solar eclipse on Monday morning became visible in certain parts of the Philippines.

Weather bureau PAGASA said a solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between earth and the sun, thereby totally or partially obscuring the image of the sun as it is viewed from the earth.

The bureau said the eclipse was seen in China, most of Russia, Southeast Asia, Hawaii, Arctic regions and most of North America.

The Philippines only experienced a partial solar eclipse, while some parts of China, Japan and Northern America experienced an annular eclipse.

According to PAGASA, an annular eclipse occurs “when the moon's apparent diameter is smaller than the sun, causing the sun to look like an annulus (ring), blocking most of the sun's light.”

In the Philippines, the following areas experienced the partial eclipse at the following times:

  • Metro Manila: maximum eclipse 5:58 a.m., ends 7:06 a.m. 
  • Laoag: maximum eclipse 6:02 a.m., ends 7:12 a.m. 
  • Tuguegarao: maximum eclipse 6:01 a.m., ends 7:11 a.m. 
  • Baguio: maximum eclipse 6:00 a.m., ends 7:09 a.m. 
  • Angeles City: maximum eclipse 5:59 a.m., ends 7:07 a.m. 
  • Puerto Princesa City: maximum eclipse 5:55 a.m., ends 6:58 a.m. 
  • Lucena City: maximum eclipse 5:57 a.m., ends 7:05 a.m. 
  • Legaspi City: maximum eclipse 6:01 a.m., ends 7:11 a.m. 
  • Cebu: maximum eclipse 6:01 a.m., ends 7:11 a.m. 
  • Zamboanga: maximum eclipse 6:01 a.m., ends 7:11 a.m. 
  • Jolo, Sulu: maximum eclipse 6:01 a.m., ends 7:11 a.m. 
  • Davao: maximum eclipse 6:01 a.m., ends 7:11 a.m.

The next solar eclipse will be on November 13.

Meanwhile, Philippine Astronomical Society President Edmund Rosales said Filipinos must watch out for the transit of Venus which will occur on June 6.

The transit of Venus occurs when the planet passes between the sun and earth. The United States’ National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said the last time this astronomical event took place was on June 8, 2004.

Rosales said Filipinos must not miss this astronomical event because it will be the only one that will occur in this lifetime.

The next transit of Venus will be in 2117.