City to Experience Annular Solar Eclipse

City to Experience Annular Solar EclipseOn the morning of May 21, Shenzhen will be experiencing a rare annular solar eclipse that will last more than three minutes. The last annular solar eclipse viewed in Shenzhen happened on April 19, 1958.

According to the Shenzhen Meteorological Observatory the partial solar eclipse will start at 5:40 am, and then the annular solar eclipse will happen at 6:06 am. And by 7:17 am the view of the sun will be back to normal. A solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the sun and the earth in which the moon fully or partially blocks the sun. a total eclipse happens when the disk of the sun is fully obscured by the moon, in a annular eclipse the sun outline form a ring around the moon.

To view the eclipse residents can choose high places such as building rooftops, Lianhua Hill, Nanshan Mountain and Bijiashan Mountain. Residents are also advised not to look directly into the sun and must use special eye protection or indirect viewing techniques in watching the eclipse.

Shenzhen is part of the solar eclipse belt that also covers Guangxi, Jiangxi, Guangdong, Fujian and southern parts of Japan the northern Pacific Ocean. Several areas in China will be able to view a partial solar eclipse on May 21.

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