Partial eclipse of the sun visible in Hong Kong

2008-07-25 07:46:38 GMT       2008-07-25 15:46:38 (Beijing Time)       Xinhua English

HONG KONG, July 25 (Xinhua) -- A total eclipse of the sun will occur on August 1, the Hong Kong Observatory said on Friday.

According to a press release from the Hong Kong Observatory, it will be already at dusk when the eclipse happens, so only a partial eclipse will be briefly visible in Hong Kong.

The eclipse will begin at 6:43 p.m. at local time, and end about 7:03 p.m. when the moon and sun descend below the horizon successively. A small part of the sun will be obscured by the moon during the eclipse, the press release said.

At the beginning of the eclipse, the sun will be in the direction of the west-northwest with an elevation of only four degrees. The best places to observe this eclipse will be those with an unobstructed view just above the horizon to the west- northwest.

Although this solar eclipse will occur near sunset, sunlight could still be rather strong. People must not look directly at the sun with the naked eye or through a telescope, the press release said. A safer method is to project the sun's image through a pin hole or a telescope onto a piece of white paper or cardboard and view the projection.

The next solar eclipse observable in Hong Kong will occur on January 26, 2009. It will be an annular eclipse but only visible as a partial eclipse in Hong Kong.

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