KUALA LUMPUR: Stargazers took the opportunity to converge at the National Planetarium in Jalan Perdana to get a glimpse of the solar eclipse, when the moon passes between the earth and the sun.
During the only total eclipse of the sun in 2015, there was visibility for about two minutes and 47 seconds from 5.45pm (Malaysian time) although the entire phenomenon lasted around four hours and nine minutes.
However, the solar eclipse was not visible in Malaysia due to the route of the eclipse, resulting in the National Space Agency (Angkasa) hosting a live streaming of the celestial phenomenon here yesterday.
Angkasa science officer Mohd Zamri Shah Mastor said this was the last visible eclipse in Europe until the next Total Solar Eclipse on Aug 12, 2026.
Zamri also said that the Earth would also experience the Equinox phenomenon where the Sun would be on the tropical line today.
“When this happens, everywhere in the world would experience day time and night which is equally long.
“Those who reside on the tropical line such as Pontianak, Indonesia, would experience an afternoon of no shadows as the Sun would be directly on top, making shadows fall right under the feet,” he said.