City to see rare eclipse

PUBLISHED : Friday, 18 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 18 May, 2012, 12:00am


HONG KONG - Early on Monday look out for a rare heavenly event. An annular solar eclipse, when the sun forms a red ring behind the moon, will start to form at 4.41am. It will be visible at sunrise at 5.41am. A total ring will last 3 minutes 26 seconds, from 6.06:47am to 6.10.13am. The best viewing areas are Tsim Sha Tsui's Avenue of the Stars, Plover Cove Reservoir and Tai Au Mun in Sai Kung. The last such eclipse visible in Hong Kong was in 1958: the next is in 300 years! Remember, never look at the sun with the naked eye. Go to Hong Kong Observatory's website,, for more details.