January 15’s Earth Wonder

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It is very rare, nowadays, to witness the astronomical wonders that the world has. But, last January 15, it was reported that there was a solar eclipse. A solar eclipse happens when the moon blocks the Earth’s view of the sun. According to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, or PAGASA, this was the longest eclipse that the world has had since 1992. It was only a partial eclipse in the areas of Africa, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Asia. It was most visible in the countries of India, China, and Maldives.

According to people, the eclipse was full blown when it reached the Indian Ocean. After that, it traveled to Maldives and was seen for around ten minutes. It proceeded to India, and when in Thiruvananthapuram, the eclipse was said to be 94% visible. According to the national newspaper of India, the Kerala State Science and Technology provided the people with everything they needed to view the phenomenon. After India, the eclipse passed through Maldives and China before fully disappearing.

Based from NASA’s report, there are two solar and two lunar eclipses for this year. One solar eclipse down, one more and two lunar eclipses to go. On June 26, expect for a partial lunar eclipse, a total solar eclipse on July 11, and a total lunar eclipse on December 21, as NASA said. However, if you are watching out for the next longest solar eclipse, wait until December 23 of the year 3043, where it was predicted to last for eleven minutes and eight seconds.

Keep your calendars marked to witness and experience these phenomena, and do watch out for other wonders of the Earth that are sure to come.


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