22 July 2009

Solar Eclipse

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian astronomers and amateur stargazers will probably be disappointed as “the eclipse of the 21st century” may turn out to be a non-event. Malaysia is expected to experience just a partial solar eclipse from 8am to 10am today. “It really depends on the weather,” said National Planetarium science officer Fazilah Mohammad Hanafiah.

Today’s weather forecast looks depressing with thunderstorms predicted over most parts of Malaysia in the morning except in Sarawak, but folks there will only experience about two per cent of the eclipse.
“People living up north such as in Perlis, Kedah and Terengganu will definitely see more of the eclipse compared to areas like Johor,” she said.

Fazilah added that only five per cent of the eclipse would be visible in Johor whereas it would be 18% in Perlis and 8% in the Klang Valley.

Meanwhile, 800 students will attend an eclipse viewing at Pantai Kuala Ibai in Terengganu organised by the Jabatan Mufti Terengganu, Jabatan Ukur dan Pemetaan Terengganu and Universiti Darul Iman Malaysia.

Eclipses used to be ill omens but Chinese astrology expert Joey Yap views it as a period of change in modern times.

“People are always uncomfortable with change,” he said. “However, I personally would stay indoors during the eclipse because it could affect you in terms of financial, health or domestic issues,” he said.

Yap added that the six minutes and 39 seconds of the eclipse may result in six weeks or six months of misfortune. Indian Vasthu Sastra Master Yuvaraj Sowma from Chennai urged pregnant women and senior citizens to be extra careful and not to consume food or drink during the eclipse.


Stella says:
True, we did waited for the solar eclipse this morning but ended with disappointment because we didn't even see it at all.. Perhaps in other country could see it.. but never mind.. It's not a big deal for me.. :D

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