Friday, August 01, 2008

No solar eclipse for Singapore today!

Update: Click here for July 22 2009 Total Solar Eclipse!


I've been getting a lot of emails this week from readers in Singapore who want to know if we can catch today's total eclipse of the sun and there are lots more of you who are now searching for that answer on Google - I can tell from my blog's Statcounter. The answer is NO. As you can see from this chart by Sky & Telescope above (click here to view the whole chart), Singapore misses out on today's event.

The last total solar eclipse visible in Singapore was way back on 4 March 1821! The next one is on October 7 2135! Good luck if you can live that long. But there are a few total solar eclipses that you can still catch in our neighbouring countries if you know where and when to look. I wrote a post two years ago about it. You can read it here.

The path of today's totality crosses far northern Canada, the Arctic, Siberia and northern China. For the unfortunate ones who are not standing in the path, you can still catch the eclipse via the various live webcasts of the event. Some of the good ones are: NASA TV, Exploratorium, Second Life, CeSViMa, NovosibirskGuide, Live! Universe, University of Dakota and hiChannel. I will also be covering today's eclipse live so check back at around 6pm later today.

Update: Live: August 1, 2008 Total Solar Eclipse

Update: Lots of you are coming to this page from Google looking for the July 22 2009 total solar eclipse that will be visible in China and India (only partial in Singapore). Here's how you can watch it.


Anonymous said...

goodness u need to refine your info. the next solar eclipse that can be seen from singapore is on 26 jan 2009, not in 2135!

I.Z. Reloaded said...

The one is Jan 2009 will be an annular solar eclipse. In Singapore, we can only see a partial eclipse. For Singaporeans to enjoy a TOTAL solar eclipse, they still have to wait until 2135!

Renesme said...

So it's true about the solar eclipse?! I can't wait to see it. I'm 12 and I'm doing research on this. THIS IS GOING TO BE SO COOL

Anonymous said...

i can't wait for the partial eclipse on 26 jan!
do you know when (time) can we see it in singapore?

Anonymous said...

I saw the solar eclipse a while ago very cool. the sun is like the different phases of the moon.

gothix said...

what about the the one on 22 july 2009? is it visible in singapore? as a total or partial eclipse?