See the Moon Steal the Spotlight Next Week

Children watch a total eclipse in 1995 in Korat. Photo: Thanom Rerisranoi / Facebook

BANGKOK — It’s been 20 years since Thailand last saw the sun fully swallowed by shadow.

While it won’t be as large, set alarms for the morning of March 9 and pack dark shades to steal a glance as a sizable eclipse is expected. The sun will be blocked by the moon in a phenomenon visible from Thailand from sunrise at 6:29am until 8:40am throughout the country. Times may vary depending on location.

The closer to the equator; the more eclipse. Yala’s southernmost Betong district will get a 69 percent eclipse while Chiang Rai will have to settle for only 24 percent.

Bangkokians will enjoy a 41 percent moon-eaten sun at 7:32am, according to the National Astronomical Research Institute.

The institute will provide astronomy experts and telescopes for safely watching the partial eclipse at five locations nationwide:

      Bangkok: Benjakiti Park, located next to MRT Queen Sirikit National Convention Center

      Chiang Mai: CentralFestival Chiang Mai, rooftop

      Chachoengsao: The Royal Observatory 

      Korat: The Royal Observatory at Suranaree University of Technology

      Songkhla: Mermaid statue viewpoint, Samila Beach

 

A total eclipse on Oct. 24, 1995, as seen from Thailand

 

Indonesia is the only country that will witness a total eclipse. Live video of the eclipse, from Thailand and Indonesia, will stream online.

The next partial eclipse visible from Thailand will occur Dec. 26, 2019.

As for a total eclipse visible in Thailand, set your alarm clocks another 54 years to April 11, 2070.

 

Extent of eclipse visible by location. Graphic: National Astronomical Research Institute