Rare solar eclipse - a 'ring of fire'- visible in Xiamen Monday morning

Updated: 19 May 2012
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A rare annular solar eclipse will appear in the Southern and Eastern China Monday morning [file photo]   

The timetable for Monday's annular solar eclipse (from left to right: city, start time, total eclipse, finish time, last contact, duration)
People in Xiamen will be able to see a rare annular solar eclipse, lasting 4 minutes and 18 seconds, on the early morning of 21st May as the moon blocks part of the sun when it passes between the Earth and sun, reported Friday.

The annular solar eclipse will occur in Xiamen at 6:08 a.m. on 21st May and last until 6:12 a.m. Views of the sun will be fully back to normal by 7:21 a.m., according to a chart released by the Chinese Astronomical Society on Friday.

The solar event will also be visible in Fuzhou, capital of Fujian province, where the eclipse will begin at 6:10 a.m. and end at 6:14 a.m.  
Fuzhou Changle International Airport and the northeastern coast area of Pingtan County, Fuzhou will be the two best places to observe the solar event in China, experts said, as they are close to the centerline of the annular solar eclipse, and when the eclipse occurs, the sun is already 12 degrees above sea level.
Unlike a spectacular total solar eclipse, which occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and sun and blocks all but the sun's corona, Monday's annular eclipse will leave a visible "ring of fire" surrounding the moon's dark silhouette.

The solar eclipse belt will cover Guangxi, Guangdong, Jiangxi, Fujian, southern parts of Zhejiang and Japan, and parts of the northern Pacific Ocean. Partial solar eclipses will be seen May 21 in most areas of Southern and Eastern China, said Professor Su Yi, Director of the Chinese Astronomical Society.

Observers in these places will see an eclipsed sun emerging from the horizon if the weather permits, said Professor Su, adding that this is the first annular solar eclipse in China after the last one on 15th January, 2010, and the next one will take place on 21st June, 2020. 
Experts warned that looking directly at the sun or a solar eclipse could be very dangerous. Instead, observers should use specially made solar eclipse glasses, or other eye protection. 
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