Partial solar eclipse in Brunei
Bruneians will be able to witness a partial eclipse of the sun this Monday, 26 Jan ’09 (yes, Chinese New Year). A news report today says that the astronomical event starts from 4.42 pm (Brunei time – Brunei is 8 hours ahead of GMT) and finishes until sunset at 6.30pm that day. At the height of the eclipse which is expected to be at 5.54 pm; 84 percent of the sun will be covered by the moon.
Public has been advised not to look directly to the sun during solar eclipses but to use sun-protective filter or a projector with telescope. I know in the past I have been using old x-ray films.The Brunei Darussalam Astronomical Society with the help from the Survey Department said that they will be at the Yayasan Kompleks in the capital as from 4pm until sunset that day. So go and get yourself ready with old x-ray films or 3D-glasses.
The next solar eclipse in Brunei will be experienced on Wednesday, 22 July this year at 10.37am and it’s a total eclipse, according to the society’s site.