Solar Eclipse

Total solar eclipse seen across northern Australia

Starting just after dawn, the eclipse cast a shadow 150 kilometres long. Photo: AP/Tourism Queensland

From boats bobbing on the Great Barrier Reef, to hot air balloons hovering over the rainforest, and the hilltops and beaches in between, tens of thousands of scientists, tourists and amateur astronomers watched as the sun, moon and earth aligned and plunged northern Austr

Thursday, 15 November, 2012, 2:57am

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.

That explains why astronomy buffs are hoping the cloud and thunderstorms forecast to loom over Hong Kong will abate.

20 May 2012 - 12:00am

Night watch

Recent solar storms make the Northern Lights visible much farther south than usual. This development has put astronomical adventures in the spotlight. Stargazing is a great excuse to travel, as your perspective of the heavens changes depending on your vantage on the ground.

3 Feb 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

Look on the dark side

People in many parts of Asia and Africa will see a spectacular annular solar eclipse on Friday, when the sun appears as a bright ring surrounding the darkened moon.

Seen from near the Maldives, the eclipse - which occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the earth, covering the sun fully or partly - will last for 11 minutes and eight seconds.

13 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

HK crowds flock to get an eyeful of eclipse

Holding eclipse shades above his glasses and sporting a wide grin, 11-year-old Yenco Man Yin-hang was the first to step on to the observation platform at the Hong Kong Space Museum to view the longest solar eclipse this century.

23 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

'Eclipse of the century' to pass over city

Tomorrow morning, Hong Kong will witness the most spectacular solar eclipse in half a century, when almost three quarters of the Sun disappears behind the moon.

21 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Rare chance to see spectacular solar eclipse

More than half of the sun will be blotted out by the moon on July 22 in the most spectacular solar eclipse seen in Hong Kong in half a century.

The partial eclipse will begin at 8.15am and end at 10.46am, with the maximum effect seen at 9.20am. Most places with unobstructed views to the east will enjoy the spectacle.

11 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Travellers' checks

Drive-through skiing

26 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Animal mishaps 'a sign of bad times ahead'

The recent spate of animal misfortunes and injuries is a sign that the new Year of the Ox will be a difficult time for all creatures great and small.

8 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Year of the Ox to start with double eclipse

The start of the Year of the Ox will see a rare coincidence, with both a lunar and a solar eclipse happening in the first lunar month.

It is only the fourth time in 200 years both have been visible from Hong Kong. The most recent was in 1980. Before that, dual eclipses were seen in 1962 and 1850.

20 Jan 2009 - 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

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