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Phuket to catch first glimpse of eclipse in Thailand

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PHUKET: A partial solar eclipse on Friday will be visible in Phuket before any other province in Thailand, scientists say.

Asst Prof Dr Sakshin Bunthawin, head of the Biotechnology of Electromechanics Research Unit at Prince of Songkla University Phuket Campus, said the eclipse will begin at 1:51pm and reach its peak at 3.28pm, at which time 57% of the sun’s surface will be obscured.

The entire event will last three hours and 34 minutes.

Because Phuket is the most westerly province of Thailand, the phenomenon will be visible here before any other part of the country.

The full ‘annular’ eclipse, the first anywhere in the world in 2010, will cast a 300km-wide track across parts of Asia.

Annular eclipses occur when the sun and moon are perfectly aligned, but the size of the moon appears smaller than the sun and a bright ring forms around the periphery.

The Phuket Gazette

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