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Solar Eclipse March 9, 2016

Solar Eclipse on March 9 in the Philippines. Although it will be a total solar eclipse accompanied by a Supermoon, the eclipse will be only partial in the Philippines.

Below is the exact data for Camiguin. These data might be slightly different for other places in the Philippines, but the differences won’t be more than a second or two. Time is indicated in Philippine Standard Time (PST).

Lat.: 9.1753° N
Long.: 124.9365° E
Partial Solar Eclipse
Magnitude: 0.744
Obscuration: 68.63%
Event Date Time (PST) Alt Azi
Start of partial eclipse (C1) : 2016/03/09 07:44:27.7 27.1° 099.8°
Maximum eclipse : 2016/03/09 08:58:31.4 45.0° 105.7°
End of partial eclipse (C4) : 2016/03/09 10:22:42.7 64.2° 120.8°

Supermoon? The new moon happens just one day before the moon reaches lunar perigee – the moon’s closest point to Earth in its orbit. Thus this new moon counts as a supermoon. The moon won’t be visible in our sky, but it’ll line up with the sun to create a larger-than-average effect on Earth’s oceans. Plus this new supermoon swings right in front of the sun, so if you’re at the right place on Earth, you might be able to view the new moon silhouette in front of the sun

Here is an animation provided by NASA. The places with a total eclipse are under the small black dot moving inside the grey zone. Inside the grey zone the eclipse is only partial.

Solar Eclipse March 9, 2016

And here is the full map. The total eclipse is only visible inside the small blue band.

Solar Eclipse March 9, 2016

Solar Eclipse Danger

Solar Eclipse March 9, 2016

DO NOT WATCH THE SUN WITHOUT PROTECTION!
Even if the sun is partially hidden by clouds, the sunrays are extremely strong and will damage your eyes. In the province there will be no special glasses available that protect your eyes- So do not watch the sun directly. Even not a glimpse!
You may experience fantastic shadows under trees. It is possible to observe hundreds of eclipse projections caused by light scattering.

light scatteringPhoto courtesy of www.drbaileyskincare.com

And now let’s hope that there will be no clouds over the Philippine islands on March 9, 2016.

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