Pagasa: Partial solar eclipse
visible on March 9 in Mindanao

March 8 2016 8:27 AM

Sky watchers, especially those in Mindanao, are in for a treat on Wednesday, March 9, as they will be able to see a partial solar eclipse, state astronomers said.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said there would be a total solar eclipse but which would not be visible from the Philippines.

In its astronomical diary, Pagasa said the total solar eclipse would likely be seen across East Asia, North and West Australia and Oceania, Pagasa said.

“The Mindanao areas will have a good view of the partial solar eclipse, having an eclipse obscuration of up to 80 percent while the Luzon and the Visayas areas’ eclipse obscuration ranges from 30-60 percent and 60-70 percent, respectively,” it said.

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, and can totally or partially block the image of the Sun.

Eclipse Obscuration refers to the fraction of the Sun’s surface area covered by the Moon.

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