Have a Cosmic Christmas: A Partial Solar Eclipse Is Happening Next Week
Lucky folks in Sarangani will witness a "Ring of Fire"!
(SPOT.ph) Here's a cheap gift idea for a loved one: drag their Christmas Day-hungover selves out of the house on December 26 and watch a (partial) solar eclipse with them—popping the question totally optional! An annular eclipse is set to happen in the early afternoon of Thursday, December 26, and while folks in southern areas of the Philippines get the best views, Luzon will also witness a partial eclipse.
An annular eclipse happens when the moon passes in front of the sun while it is at the farthest point from Earth, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration. The moon is unable to block the entire sun due to its distance from Earth, creating a pretty epic "ring of fire," as seen in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's tweet above.
Folks in Sarangani province have front-row seats to the annular solar eclipse, but a partial eclipse will be visible in other areas. If you're in Manila or Quezon City, the best time to look up (with the proper solar filter—it's still the sun, guys) is at around 2:20 p.m. Check out the full table by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) for when and where you can view the eclipse!
Main image from Doinkster/Pixabay.