Hakim Hayat & Azlan Othman
Brunei residents will have the opportunity to witness a solar eclipse tomorrow afternoon. The cosmic event is expected to begin at 3.10pm and end at 5.23pm.
The partial solar eclipse will last two hours and 13 minutes where throughout the event, the moon will obscure a small fraction of the sun. During the greatest eclipses, at 4.22pm, nearly 28 per cent of the sun will be covered by the moon, according to the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam.
Those wishing to observe the phenomenon is advised not to look at the Sun directly. Some safe methods of watching the sun eclipse are by using Shade 14 Welding Glasses, solar filters or by telescope projection.
To enable the public to view the phenomenon virtually with commentaries and expert interviews, the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam will broadcast an exclusive live streaming on the event tomorrow between 2.45pm – 5.30 pm at its social media page.
Muslims are encouraged to perform the Sunnat prayers after Asar prayers at mosques, suraus and religious halls nationwide when the solar eclipse occurs.
Special focus for congregational prayers will be the Jame’ ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah, Kiarong.
Congregants should follow the guidelines and procedures while at mosques, suraus and religious halls and adhere to the Ministry of Health advice.
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon is perfectly aligned between the sun and the earth. During the partial eclipse, the moon never completely covers the sun.