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May the sun shine on rare eclipse

If the stormy weather blocks the sighting of the very rare annular solar eclipse tomorrow morning, we will not get to see the golden ring again.

Sunday, 20 May, 2012, 12:00am

Moon-gazers have clear ambitions

Astronomy fans are crossing their fingers that mother nature will do them a favour in the early hours of Thursday.

That is the time when they want to watch an unusually long total lunar eclipse, weather permitting.

The rare sky treat will last for about 101 minutes and may be viewed in the city from most places with an unobstructed view to the southwest.

14 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Clouds put damper on heavenly spectacle

Hundreds of stargazers who gathered at Tsim Sha Tsui last night for a glimpse of the total lunar eclipse, were left disappointed as clouds over the city blocked the spectacle.

It was the second total lunar eclipse within the year but the next one will only be visible from Hong Kong in late 2010.

29 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Solar eclipse on way

A partial eclipse of the sun will be visible in Hong Kong between 5.29am and 7.05am next Tuesday, when up to 42 per cent of the sun will be obscured by the moon. The best places to watch the eclipse will be Shek O, Clear Water Bay and Tai Au Mun, in Sai Kung. The next solar eclipse visible in Hong Kong will occur on March 19, 2007.

4 Jun 2002 - 12:00am

Moon set to dim through eclipse

The moon will appear dimmer on Sunday when a penumbral eclipse takes place. The best places to view the eclipse, which starts at about 6pm, will be on high ground facing east.

20 Dec 2001 - 12:00am

Looming weather gloom may doom red moon

A RED moon will hang in the southeast sky tonight as Hong Kong witnesses its longest total lunar eclipse in 140 years - if the weather co-operates.

Last night the Observatory said an approaching tropical depression could cause clouds to block the view. The No 1 tropical storm warning was raised at 2.45pm yesterday.

16 Jul 2000 - 12:00am

Ask mr Brain...all will be explained

How big is a kangaroo's pocket? When there is no baby in the kangaroo's pouch, it is about 12 centimetres wide and 24 cm deep.

The pouch expands as the baby kangaroo grows. The baby kangaroo is about the size of a caterpillar when it is born. It crawls into the pouch, where it nurses and grows for about eight months.

29 Feb 2000 - 12:00am

Millions gaze heavenward as final eclipse of millennium casts darkness on

The last total eclipse of the sun this millennium cast much of the eastern hemisphere into a twilight zone as a wall of darkness raced across the globe.

Tens of millions of people travelled to vantage points in Europe, the Middle East and South Asia yesterday to catch the best view as the moon passed in front of the sun, casting a giant shadow that turned day into night.

12 Aug 1999 - 12:00am

Shock for German student with lofty aspirations

In Germany, a 24-year-old student suffered severe burns when he tried to climb an electricity pylon in Bad Bergzabern, hoping to get a better view of the eclipse, the local police said.

The student, who had been camping all night in order to view the event, came into contact with a 20,000-volt power line.

12 Aug 1999 - 12:00am

Workers united in desire to see blackout

Millions of people in Europe and South Asia are expected to stop work and look to the heavens today to catch a glimpse of the last total solar eclipse of the millennium.

Heavy cloud conditions predicted last night by meteorologists appeared to have done little to darken the enthusiasm of those hoping to see the eclipse.

11 Aug 1999 - 12:00am


In Hong Kong we cannot see the last eclipse of the millennium - at least we can't see it live. But we can watch it on the Web. The most detailed site is Nasa's at eclipse, which offers all sorts from detailed maps to information on eye safety.

To watch the eclipse as it happens, go to www.

8 Aug 1999 - 12:00am

Ask Mr. Brain

How do scientists know when there will be an eclipse? Eclipses do not occur at random. They occur when the sun, moon and earth are aligned. When the earth is between the sun and the moon, we get a lunar eclipse. When the moon is between the sun and the earth, we get a solar eclipse.

21 Jul 1999 - 12:00am