Gloomy weather hinders Bruneians from watching partial solar eclipse
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
GLOOMY news to all those waiting to watch the rare partial solar eclipse set to take place tomorrow morning, the special astronomical event is expected not to be seen in the sultanate as weather predictions indicated cloudy skies.
A Meteorological Department forecaster on-duty said the cloudy condition would deprive viewers in Brunei from sighting the partial solar eclipse.
“The prediction is based on the weather pattern from these couple of days which consisted of rain and cloudy conditions. The predictions are also based on satellite images around Borneo but Allah SWT knows best,” he said.
According to the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam, the solar eclipse would be visible in Sumatra, Borneo, Sulawesi and several other locations in the Pacific Ocean.
While the total phase of the solar eclipse will not be visible in Brunei, the partial eclipse which will not be sighted but will still be observed through the partial dimming of daylight. Partial solar eclipses occur when the moon comes between the sun and the earth, but do not align perfectly. Because of this, the moon only covers part of the sun’s face.
The eclipse, which will start at 7.30am, will last for about two hours and 24 minutes in Brunei.
Based on report from foreign wires, the rare and awe-inspiring spectacle of a total solar eclipse will unfold over parts of Indonesia and the Indian and Pacific Oceans on Wednesday, weather permitting. The full eclipse may be visible to several million people within its narrow path including eclipse chasers who have travelled from around the world for a chance to witness it.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Religious Affairs in a statement urged the public to join mass prayers at mosques and prayers halls to mark the partial solar eclipse tomorrow at 8.30am.
Bruneians are also welcome to join the prayers at Jame' ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah at 8am.
The Brunei Times