‘Ring of fire’ annual solar eclipse visible in Việt Nam

December 26, 2019 - 12:22


 An annular solar eclipse with the sun appearing as a “ring of fire” can be watched from Việt Nam. — AFP/VNA Photo

HÀ NỘI — A rare solar eclipse will be visible in the skies over Việt Nam on Thursday afternoon (December 26).

The phenomenon – the last solar eclipse of the decade – is set to happen on Thursday along a path that’s 118 kilometres wide, covering Malaysia, Singapore, India and the Philippines.

According to the Vietnam Astronomy and Cosmology Association, part of the phenomenon can be watched from Việt Nam.

In Hà Nội, it will begin at 10.44am, peak at 12.24am and end at 2.01pm. In HCM City, it will begin at 10.36am, peak at 12.31am and end at 2.20pm.

The annular eclipse occurs when a New Moon is furthest from the Earth on its elliptical orbit, creating a “ring of fire” as it partially eclipses the sun.

Observers are encouraged to wear protective solar eclipse glasses at all times to protect their eyes. — VNS