Solar Eclipse

Stargazers in Yogyakarta on Tuesday afternoon were seen trying to catch a glimpse of a partial solar eclipse using whatever equipment they could find.

“From Yogyakarta the solar eclipse indeed looked very tiny. It could be clearly seen only with the help of binoculars,” said Bambang Surya of the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) Yogyakarta office.

He said Tuesday’s solar eclipse could be observed clearly from Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara, and from the southern parts of East Java.

To facilitate the observation, the BMKG Yogyakarta office provided binoculars for people to use during the eclipse during a joint observation program on Tuesday. “We also have the video record for anyone to see or copy,” he added. Data at the BMKG office showed that the solar eclipse began at 13:58:47 local time. The peak occurred at 14:00:21, and it ended at 14:01:24.

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