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Partial solar eclipse set to be visible

City residents may be able to view a partial solar eclipse on June 21.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes in front of the sun and casts a shadow on the Earth. In a total eclipse, the sun is fully obscured. In partial and annular eclipses, only part of the sun is covered.

In Shanghai, the phenomenon is likely to take place between 2:45pm and 5:16pm on June 21, when the sun will remain partially visible as a crescent shape, according to Tang Haiming of the Shanghai Astronomical Observatory.

The eclipse is expected to sweep over the Tibet, Taiwan, Sichuan, Guizhou, Hunan and Jiangxi. South China will witness an annular eclipse, which forms a “ring of fire.”

In Xiamen, especially, only 0.6 percent of the sun’s diameter will be visible, Tang said. But sightings will depend on the weather, with the possibility that rain or clouds will obscure the effect.




 

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