Solar eclipse in lunar new year

Astronomy enthusiasts in the country can watch out for the first of two solar eclipses of 2009 this January, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.

According to Pagasa, an annular solar eclipse will take place on Jan. 26, Monday, wherein the moon will cover the Sun, but its umbral or darker shadow will not reach the Earth, and only its penumbral or lighter shadow will.

“In Metro Manila, it can be observed starting 4:55 p.m. (Philippine Standard Time or PST), maximum eclipse at 5:51 p.m. (PST),” Pagasa said in its monthly astronomical diary.

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