Malaysia to see partial solar eclipse on April 20

Malaysia to see partial solar eclipse on April 20

It can be viewed in peninsula from 11am-1pm, 11am-2pm in Sabah

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia will experience a partial solar eclipse on April 20 in conjunction with the hybrid solar eclipse phenomenon occuring north of the Australian continent.

The Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry said Malaysians in Sabah can view the phenomenon from 11am to 2pm while those in the peninsula can view it from 11am to 1pm.

“For viewers in Peninsular Malaysia, the eclipse will reach maximum coverage of 1% to 15% while in Kuching, Sarawak, it will reach 30%; in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah it will be 34%; and the highest coverage will be in Tawau at 43%,” it said in a statement.

According to MoSTI, viewing programmes for the partial solar eclipse will be held at Kuala Lumpur National Planetarium and in Tawau, with eclipse glasses distributed for free at both locations to enable the public to view the phenomenon safely.

Several telescopes with special filters will also be provided to enable visitors to view the partial solar eclipse more clearly and safely, in addition to capturing the image by using either a smartphone or DSLR camera combined with observation facilities provided.

MoSTI also reminded the public not to look at the sun directly without the use of special filters as it could damage retinas, resulting in permanent blindness.

In addition, livestreaming on the national planetarium’s Facebook and YouTube channels will also be provided, with the images to be shared being the eclipse phenomenon in Malaysia or images taken from other locations around the world that also experience hybrid or partial solar eclipses.

“The visibility of the partial solar eclipse also depends on weather conditions in certain locations when the phenomenon occurs on April 20.

“If a location experiences thick cloud formations or rain, or is cloudy, then it won’t be possible to view the partial eclipse from that site,” it added.

MoSTI also advised Muslims who are fasting not to stay too long under the sun as it could cause dehydration.

The partial solar eclipse is a rare phenomenon, with the last one occurring on June 21, 2020 and it will only happen again on August 2, 2027.

source – Bernama

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