There’s a rare phenomenon ongoing at the end of 2019 in Indonesia and some countries around it, Annular Solar Eclipse. An annular solar eclipse happens when the Moon covers the Sun’s center, leaving the Sun’s visible outer edges to form a “Ring of Fire” and you can see this right now in Indonesia’s sky. The best spot to see the Eclipse with the full ring is in Riau state, Indonesia (marked with a green spot in the map below) with 3 minutes 38 seconds peak duration.
There are five phases for Annular Solar Eclipse when it happened:
- First Contact
- Second Contact
- Peak of Eclipse
- Third Contact
- Last Contact of Eclipse
Is it safe to see the Eclipse?
No, It’s not safe to see the eclipse without any protector. Solar Eclipse especially this Ring Of Fire can’t be seen with your bare eyes without the protector. You need sunglasses or glasses with UV Protection. When the UV pierces through the eyes, the light will be focused by the lens and absorb by the retina (the back of the eye). After it absorbed by the retina, the UV will produce free radicals that oxidate the eyes cells. The result is it can cause “eclipse blindness” or retinal burns, also known as solar retinopathy.
What do I do?
Even I haven’t got the chance to go outside to see the eclipse. We just finished our praying and it’s getting dark here. I need to finish some works first and some of my colleagues already prepared themselves to see this rare phenomenon. I’ve taken some pictures of them and the pictures sent by some of my friends that are currently watching the eclipse. Thanks for reading this post. Feel free to share your thought about this phenomenon in the comment section below and I’ll see you soon.