Partial solar eclipse visible in Philippines on Dec. 26

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 14 2019 10:34 PM

MANILA—A day after Christmas, Filipinos — particularly residents in southern Philippines — will be able to watch a solar eclipse, state weather bureau PAGASA said. 

The annular eclipse of the sun will be seen in some areas of Davao Occidental. The PAGASA said the best site to observe the phenomenon will be in Balut and Batulaki, Sarangani Islands.

All other parts of the country will observe it as a partial solar eclipse, the PAGASA said. 

The annular eclipse, according to the PAGASA, is when the moon is farthest from Earth. 

Because the moon is farther away than usual from Earth, it seems smaller and does not block the entire view of the sun, creating a “ring of fire” effect, the PAGASA said.

The eclipse will also be visible in some parts of Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and United Arab Emirates.