Clouds Blocked Views of Annular Solar Eclipse
Observers of the annular solar eclipse were disappointed and frustrated as a pervasive cloud blocked their views of the solar phenomenon. Shenzhen was one of the best places to observe and view the rare solar eclipse that lasted for more than 3 minutes.
The partial solar eclipse started are 5:40 am with the annular solar eclipse happened around 6:06 and 6:10 am. Solar eclipse enthusiasts gathered themselves at Xichong Astronomical Observatory but were not able to see the moon passing between the Earth and sun. Because of some lingering clouds, not all of the sun’s entire disc was blocked by the moon even when the celestial alignment returned to normal by 7:17 am. A meteorology expert of the Shenzhen National Climate and Astronomical Observatory said that residents will have to wait for the next annular solar eclipse that will happen on May 9, 2320.
Before the eclipse, a crowd of fans from Shenzhen and other cities were busy by 3 am at the observatory yesterday preparing their telescopes, cameras while waiting for the sun to rise but got disappointed as the clouds blocked their view of the sun. Residents of Nan’ao, Guanlan, Buji and Longhua plus most of areas of Huizhou got a glimpse of the solar eclipse. Residents of Fujian were lucky enough to view the eclipse because of good weather conditions.
Shenzhen is part of the solar eclipse belt that also covers Guangdong, Jiangxi, Fujian, Guangxi, southern parts of Japan and Zhejiang and parts of the northern Pacific Ocean.