Annular Solar Eclipse: Davao Occidental to Witness Ring of Fire on Dec. 26

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Ring of Fire’ or an annular solar eclipse will be visible in Davao Occidental on December 26

Residents of Davao Occidental will witness an annular solar eclipse, known as “ring of fire”, on December 26, 2019, Thursday.

This natural happening happens when the moon is farthest from Earth. Because it will be an unusual distance between the moon and the Earth, the moon will appear smaller. The natural satellite of the Earth will not block the entire view of the sun.

Then, this will form a “ring of fire” effect or annulus. This phenomenon will be visible also in various places on Earth. People in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam will also witness this, based on the article from The Philippine Star.

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The “ring of fire” will begin at dawn north of Riyadh in Saudi Arabia with two minutes and 59 seconds of annularity. This is considered as the greatest eclipse that comes in eastern Sumatra.

Meanwhile, in the Philippines, those who are living in the southernmost part of Davao Occidental will witness an annular solar eclipse. According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services (PAGASA), the best site to witness this phenomenon will be in Balut, Batulaki, as well as in Sarangani Island.

On the other hand, other parts of the country will witness a partial solar eclipse. In the capital city of the Philippines, Manila, the eclipse will begin at 12:32 p.m. it will reach its maximum at 2:19 p.m. and end at 3:47 p.m, based on the report.

Here is a visual representation of the annular solar eclipse.

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Animated Path of Ring of Fire Courtesy of Wikipedia

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