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This Saturday! Recommendations for Viewing the Solar Annular Eclipse in Panama

Oct 12, 2023 | News & Articles, Panama | 0 comments

The recommendations for proper observation of the Solar Annular Eclipse, which Panama will have the privilege of witnessing, emphasize the need for eye and face protection to prevent direct viewing of the sun during its phases.


To observe the eclipse, it is necessary to use specialized lenses certified to meet CE and ISO 12312-2.2015 (E) standards, ensuring eye and face protection.


This astronomical event can be witnessed in the provinces of Coclé, Veraguas, Herrera, Los Santos, the Ngäbe Buglé comarca, and parts of Bocas del Toro and La Chorrera. In Panama City, Darién, Chiriquí, the Guna Yala comarca, and Emberá Wounaan, the eclipse will be visible partially. The eclipse is expected to last for 3 hours and 30 minutes, reaching its peak at 1:14 p.m.


Here are more recommendations for observing the Solar Annular Eclipse:


  • Do not use sunglasses, polarized filters, smoked glasses, exposed color films, X-rays, or neutral density filters.
  • If using a telescope, ensure it has solar filters blocking 99.99% of the light.
  • CDs, diskettes, aluminum foil, and water as a projection mirror are not suitable alternatives for eclipse viewing.


What is a Solar Annular Eclipse?


An eclipse occurs when the Moon aligns between the Sun and Earth, but in this case, it is at its farthest point from Earth. Because the Moon is more distant from Earth, it appears smaller and does not completely block the entire Sun.


When the Moon is in front of the Sun, it appears as a dark disk above a larger, bright disk. This creates what looks like a ‘ring of fire’ around the Moon, as explained by NASA. –

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