- Title: Singapore sees ring of fire solar eclipse
- Date: 26th December 2019
- Summary: SINGAPORE (DECEMBER 26, 2019) (REUTERS) UNIVERSITY STUDENT, ISABELLE DYASON, LOOKING THROUGH VISOR DYASON AND FRIENDS LOOKING AT ECLIPSE THROUGH VISORS PEOPLE LOOKING AT SUN WITH VISORS ACCELERATED FOOTAGE OF ECLIPSE (SOUNDBITE) (English) 20-YEAR-OLD UNIVERSITY STUDENT, ISABELLE DYASON, SAYING: "It's like, kind of like Armageddon feels, but I think it's going to be really, really cool, and I can't wait to see it. Yeah." VARIOUS OF PEOPLE LOOKING INTO TELESCOPE VARIOUS OF PRESIDENT OF ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY OF SINGAPORE, ALBERT HO, LOOKING INTO TELESCOPE ECLIPSE (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT OF ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY OF SINGAPORE, ALBERT HO, SAYING: "This will be the first of only two annular eclipses visible from Singapore for the rest of the century. So in the sense, it's a very rare event for us. Because eclipse, like, total eclipse and annular eclipse, can only be seen within a very narrow path on the earth, call the path of totality or path of annularity, depending on the case." PEOPLE LOOKING INTO SOLAR FILTERS STICKER ON OF FILTER READING (English): "ANNULAR ECLIPSE SINGAPORE - 26 DEC 2019" PEOPLE TAKING PHOTOS THROUGH FILTERS VARIOUS OF WOMAN'S HANDS TAKING PHOTO OF ECLIPSE THROUGH FILTER (MUTE) TIMELAPSE OF ECLIPSE (SOUNDBITE) (English) 16-YEAR-OLD HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT, XU MUYUAN, SAYING: "Yeah, because this is the first solar eclipse I've ever seen, 20 years ago, I wasn't even born. That's one and, like, because, the next one is in 2063. Then it might not happen, (or) it might, we are not be very sure, so since I have the opportunity now, and because I'm a student, I also have a lot of free time, so I was like, I can just come over here and check it out." VARIOUS OF PEOPLE LOOKING INTO TELESCOPE MAN LOOKING THROUGH FOOT X-RAY FILM AT THE SKY ACCELERATED SHOT OF ECLIPSE VARIOUS OF MAN LOOKING INTO TELESCOPE (MUTE) TIMELAPSE OF RING OF FIRE (SOUNDBITE) (English) 34-YEAR-OLD SINGAPORE RESIDENT, MAISAN, SAYING: "I think it's really good in an educational perspective. Because a lot of these times, like when you're in school, you learn about how in theory it's supposed to work, but you don't necessarily see it, so like, with all physics experiments, when you actually see it in action, it's a lot more interesting. It helps you understand how the world works a lot better." MAN TAKING PHOTO WITH SMART PHONE THROUGH FILTER SUN ECLIPSE
- Embargoed: 9th January 2020 09:04
- Keywords: Singapore annual solar eclipse astronomy ring of fire sun
- Location: SINGAPORE
- City: SINGAPORE
- Country: Singapore
- Topics: Science,Editors' Choice
- Reuters ID: LVA001BBM23IF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Astronomy enthusiasts and spectators gathered in Singapore on Thursday (December 26) to catch a glimpse of the sun forming a ring of fire around the moon in a rare solar eclipse.
"It's kind of like Armageddon feels, but I think it's going to be really, really cool, and I can't wait to see it," said university student Isabelle Dyason ahead of the spectacle.
At Jurong Park in western Singapore, crowds watched through specially filtered visors and telescopes as the eclipse formed into a fiery circle in the sky.
An annular solar eclipse occurs when the moon covers the sun's centre, but leaves its outer edges visible to form a ring or annulus.
"This will be the first of only two annual eclipses visible from Singapore for the rest of the century. So in the sense, it's a very rare event for us," said Albert Ho, president of the Astronomical Society of Singapore.
The next chance for Singaporeans to view an annular solar eclipse will be in 2063, according to the Astronomical Society. The previous similar event was two decades ago.
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