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Clouds and rain make viewing rare partial eclipse impossible

Clouds and rain make viewing rare partial eclipse impossible

Glimpses of a rare partial eclipse could be seen in Hong Kong on Thursday, but seeing the show in the sky has been made impossible by clouds and rain throughout the afternoon.
Taking place between 12.34 pm and 1.16 pm, the rare partial solar eclipse was only expected to cover around 2.8 percent of the sun from Hong Kong’s perspective during the peak of the event.

However, people could still watch the celestial event from a viewing room set up by the Hong Kong Space Museum, viewing a live stream of footage and data from across the world.

Professor Quentin Parker, the director of the University of Hong Kong's Space Research Laboratory, told RTHK that only a slight glimpse of the eclipse would have been possible anyway, even if the weather had been favorable.

“What we could have seen from Hong Kong would have been very little because the part of the moon that occluded the sun was just a tiny fraction of the southwest side,” he said.

“You would have been able to see a bite out of the sun on the southwest side that sort of moved along the outer edge of the sun over a period of about 40 minutes very slowly.”

He added that people elsewhere will have enjoyed a much better show, like people in the northwest part of the continent of Australia will be able to see a beautiful total solar eclipse.

The next partial solar eclipse visible from Hong Kong is expected to take place in July 2028.
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