Singaporeans look up for only annular eclipse of 2019

Partial eclipse captured from Jurong Lake Gardens at nearly 1pm. Photo: Dorothea Anastasia Poh/Facebook
Partial eclipse captured from Jurong Lake Gardens at nearly 1pm. Photo: Dorothea Anastasia Poh/Facebook

Singaporeans islandwide were out bathing in the moon’s shadow today as the annular solar eclipse hovered over the city-state. 

Hundreds crowded at various places including the Science Center, Marina Barrage and Jurong Lake Gardens to soak in the excitement over the celestial event and look up at the skies with their solar glasses on.

An annular solar eclipse happens when the Moon covers the Sun’s center, leaving the Sun’s visible outer edges to form a “ring of fire,” or annulus, around the Moon. 

The eclipse began at around 11:30am and reached maximum effect at around 1:20pm. 

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Several people have also posted photos of the eclipse to social media. 

The ‘eclipse shadow’ spotted at Changi Business Park. Photo: Coconuts Singapore
The ‘eclipse shadow’ spotted at Changi Business Park. Photo: Coconuts Singapore
Pedestrians in Little India stop to gaze at the eclipse. Photo: Coconuts Singapore
Pedestrians in Little India stop to gaze at the eclipse. Photo: Coconuts Singapore
Crowds at Science Center hoping to catch the eclipse. Photo: Insynced, Lil_asius/Instagram
Crowds at Science Center hoping to catch the eclipse. Photo: Insynced, Lil_asius/Instagram

If you missed it, reports said that you might have to wait another half a century to catch the phenomenon in Singapore again. 

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