Solar eclipse to be highlight of 2016 sky: museum

Solar eclipse to be highlight of 2016 sky: museum

The most exciting celestial event in 2016 will be a total solar eclipse in March, although people in Taiwan will only see part of it due to the country's geographical location, the Taipei Astronomical Museum said.

Local skywatchers are expected to be treated to about two hours of the spectacle, from 8:19 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. on March 9, but they will only see the moon block about 20 percent of the sun's surface, the museum said.

In addition to the eclipse, a promising Perseid meteor shower is set to light up the sky on Aug. 12, producing 100 meteors per hour, according to the museum.

If the weather cooperates, there should be good conditions for watching the meteor shower because a crescent moon is forecast for that time, it said.

Last but not least, a super full moon that will be bigger than at any time until 2034 will appear on Nov. 14, the 15th day of October on the lunar calendar, the museum said. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)

Updated : 2021-03-05 23:05 GMT+08:00