UTM students study impact of solar eclipse

The solar eclipse as seen at 8am in Balai Cerap Al-Biruni, Putatan. — NORMIMIE DIUN/The Star

JOHOR BARU: A group of students pursuing a degree in Geomatics Engineering at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia here conducted a study on the partial solar eclipse on March 9.

The study, among others, was aimed at identifying the impact of the eclipse on gravitational forces, weather, animals, temperature and tides.

Astronomer and senior lecturer at UTM's Geoinformation and Real Estate Faculty, Dr Othman Zainon o led the research in Malaysia which was participated by about 80 students and 10 staff.

Othman said the study also involved a number of experiments, carried out in three phases, including analysing the gravitational impact on chicken eggs and the changing pattern of water placed in a measuring cylinder.

The study also observed the movement of the eclipse, he told reporters after viewing the partial solar eclipse phenomenon here.

He said all data collected was expected to be processed within a month.

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