Solar Eclipse to be Seen in Puerto Rico


According to the Astronomical Society of the Caribbean (SAC), a partial solar eclipse will be seen in Puerto Rico in the early morning on Sunday, November 3, 2013. El Nuevo Día reports that the academic organization emphasized that one should never look at the sun without special filters, and explained that they will be organizing free activities in which the public may view the event safely.

Solar eclipses happen when the moon covers up the sun, which from some parts of the Earth, one can appreciate all or part of it without being obstructed by the moon. In spite of the gigantic size of the sun in comparison to the size of the moon—because of their respective distance—from our planet, the apparent diameter of both celestial objects illuminates with a similar size. In fact, the sun is more than 400 times larger than the moon, but it is located more than 400 times farther from the earth than our own natural satellite (the moon).

The Astronomical Society of the Caribbean indicated that the partial eclipse on the morning of November 3 will be the first on the island in the last seven years, pointing out that the most recent ones that were visible from Puerto Rico took place in 1998, 2000, 2001, 2005, and 2006, the most significant one being the one viewed in February of 1998.

The organization indicated that the event Sunday will have the peculiarity of being what is commonly known as a hybrid eclipse, due to the fact that from some areas of Africa, it will be seen as a total eclipse, while from other areas it will be visible like an annular eclipse, with only a ring visible.

As soon as the Sun will be visible on the horizon in the east, close to 6:30am on Sunday, people will already be able to observe the moon covering part of the sun.

The academic organization also says that the view will be best visible from Puerto Rico at 7:00am, when the moon will cover more than 60% of the sun. The event will end close to 8:00am.

The Astronomical Society of the Caribbean announced that there will be solar filters that will allow the public to appreciate the solar eclipse in a completely safe manner, available at educational activities that will start at 6:00am on Sunday, November 3 on the grounds of San Felipe del Morro Castle in Old San Juan; in La Guancha, Ponce; at University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez; and at Seven Seas Beach in Fajardo. All activities are free and open to the public.

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