(Eclipse photo by Prof. Ben Olsen)
Yale-NUS students, faculty, staff, friends, and family took time from their break to come back to campus and view the 2019 Annular Eclipse on December 26th. The Physical Sciences faculty estimate that nearly 300 people came by to watch the Moon block out the Sun during the four hour long celestial event. Attendees could safely view the event using glasses provide by the college with special solar filters that block more than 99% of the Sun’s light. The student astronomy club, Ashen Light, also brought a few telescopes equipped with solar filters so attendees could get a more magnified view. Clouds brought some dramatic tension just before totality, but parted right on time to see the “ring of fire” to audible gasps and cheers from the crowd.
The next partial eclipse, on June 21st, 2020, will only cover a small fraction of the Sun, and there will be a total lunar eclipse on May 26th, 2021. But Singapore’s next annular eclipse and total eclipse won’t be until 2063 and 2168, respectively, so we have a bit of a wait! Maybe we’ll see you there?