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  • Free Telescope Viewing! Where To Catch The 3-Hour Solar Eclipse on December 26

    The sun and moon will align for three hours and 15 minutes at noontime one day after Christmas.
    by Esquire Philippines .
Free Telescope Viewing! Where To Catch The 3-Hour Solar Eclipse on December 26
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  • The universe is sending your family a belated Christmas gift on Thursday, December 26, 2019 — just make sure to look up!

    Just one day after Christmas, Filipinos can an annular solar eclipse. The sun and moon will align for three hours and 15 minutes at noontime.

    The partial solar eclipse will begin at 12:36 p.m. and reach its maximum eclipse at 2:19 p.m. when the moon is closest to the center of the sun. The moon will leave the sun’s edge at 3:47 p.m.

    Depending on where you are on earth, the eclipse will either be partial or full. In the Philippines, about two-thirds of the sun will be eclipsed by the moon on December 26.

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    For astronomy lovers, Manila Street Astronomers will hold free telescope viewings across the country. Here is its list of locations.

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    • Burnham Park in Baguio, 12:30 p.m.
    • People's Park in Valenzuela, 12:00 p.m.
    • Pinaglabanan Shrine in San Juan, 12:00 p.m.
    • Bonifacio Shrine in Manila, 10:00 a.m.
    • The District Dasmarinas in Cavite, 12:00 p.m.
    • SM City Gen San in South Cotabato, 12:00 p.m.   

    On Facebook, Manila Street Astronomers says this type of eclipse will be fully visible in the country for the first time in the 21st century in Balut Island, Sarangani, while 91.96% of the eclipse will be seen in General Santos City. (The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration also said the the best place in the country to catch the eclipse is in Sarangani Island, Davao Occidental).

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    Manila Street Astronomers adds, "The next one of this type will be visible in the country on February 28, 2063. You wouldn't wanna miss it, save the date!"

    A solar eclipse is when the sun, moon, and earth align, with the moon blocking the sun’s light for a certain period of time. From earth, humans will see the dark side of the moon as it blocks the sun’s rays.

    If you’re at work, take a late lunch break to catch the rare sighting in the sky.

    Looking for pasyalans this Christmas? Check out this list of pasyalans for kids below 5 years old.

    This story originally appeared on Esquiremag.ph.

    *Minor edits have been made by the SmartParenting.com.ph editors.

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