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A partial solar eclipse on July 22, 2009 will be visible in the Philippines according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).
As detailed on PAGASA's website, "On Wednesday, 22 July 2009, a total solar eclipse will occur within a narrow path. The path of the Moon's umbral shadow will begin in India and crosses through Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Central China, the Pacific Ocean, Ryukyu Islands, Marshall Islands and Kiribati, as shown in Figure 4. In the Philippines, however, the event will be observed as a partial solar eclipse, which will also include most of eastern Asia, Indonesia, and the Pacific Ocean."
As listed also on PAGASA's website solar eclipse table, the solar eclipse will be visible in Metro Manila, Calayan Island, the cities of Laoag, Tuguegarao, Baguio, Angeles, Puerto Princesa, Lucena, Naga and General Santos, and the provinces of Iloilo, Cebu, Zamboanga, Sulu and Davao.
The eclipse will start in Metro Manila at exactly 8:33:01 a.m., with maximum visibility at 9:43 a.m and will end at 11:01:51 a.m.
The path of the moon’s umbral shadow during the eclipse will pass through areas of eastern Asia and the Pacific Ocean, e.g. countries of India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar (Burma), central China regions including Shanghai, Ryukyu and Marshall Islands and Kiribati.
Since there will be work on Thursday, Tutubi will just stay near his office window since i offers a better vantage point for him. He can't travel somewhere for a better viewing point. Just hope for less clouds on July 22.
safety tip: never look at the solar eclipse directly. Use sunglasses, smoked glass, X-ray film, photographic film or negative. Tutubi last saw a total eclipse in 1991 and now he's going to attempt taking a picture of the solar eclipse with his small camera.
Lastly, some individuals may experience weird occurrences and bizarre things during the solar eclipse. Some people may gain mutant superpowers lie time travel of Hiro Nakamura so do not blink, you may find yourself tranported to another place and time. :P
You said "use sunglasses, smoked glass, X-ray film, photographic film or negative" but those are not safe enough. The morning sun will be above 30 degrees by then and enough ultraviolet light may pass through the above-mentioned to cause retinal burns.
Some of my neighbors who stared at the sun without using a safe filter began seeing dots afterward that persisted for days. Those are retinal burns. An oculist told me that that eye damage can be permanent!
A safe filter is welder's glass no.14 (not no.12 which is not safe enough). Or, one may try viewing the sun indirectly by viewing its reflection on a basin of water, or by projecting its image on a wall. My students and I plan to do these.
Jose A. Fadul, PhD Professor, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde
hi Jose, i read in the Inquirer and also at PAGASA wesbite those recommendations. but i'm thinnking of projecting the image through my binoculars with one eye covered or projecting on paper. i can't take a photo of it in the office while waiting there. thanks for the comment
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