Annular Solar Eclipse to Be Visible Across Taiwan

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A total solar eclipse will be visible across Taiwan on June 21. Photo by A013231 via Wikimedia Commons

Parts of Taiwan are in position to see a total annular solar eclipse on June 21, 2020, weather permitting. Most of Taiwan will be able to see greater than a 90% total eclipse. The current weather in Taipei for the solar eclipse calls for showers, however.

The last total solar eclipse for Taiwan was on May 21, 2012. The next partial eclipse visible in Taiwan will be April 20, 2023, with subsequent ones in 2030 and 2031. The next total solar eclipse will not be visible in Taiwan until 2070, and even then it will only be visible in Pingtung. An eclipse that covers this much of Taiwan will not occur again until June 28, 2215.

Maximum eclipse will occur at 4:13 pm in Taiwan, with the the celestial phenomenon beginning at 2:49 pm and ending at 5:25 pm. Maximum viewing for the eclipse will be in central regions of Taiwan. Chiayi will be one area for obscured viewing if the weather cooperates. The city government has planned astronomical lectures at Beisianhu Park on June 20 and 21. There will be additional events in other parts of Chiayi County. Chihshang Township in Taitung County is also planning events around the eclipse, with telescopes, music, and folk dance performances.

For those who wish to view the solar eclipse, it is recommended to use approved eclipse glasses or a pinhole box. Pinhole boxes to view a solar eclipse can be a fun activity for children, and there are instructions on how to make your own. Residents are reminded to not stare at the eclipse without proper viewing equipment.

There will also be a livestream of the solar eclipse on YouTube between 2:30 and 5:30 pm.

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