PH to witness rare annular solar eclipse on Dec. 26
Marje Pelayo • December 20, 2019 • 914
MANILA, Philippines – Filipinos will have a rare chance to witness a once-in-a-lifetime extraterrestrial phenomenon on December 26.
During a solar eclipse, the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun obscuring the Sun from view.
During an annular solar eclipse, the Moon’s diameter is smaller than the Sun, blocking its light, making the Sun appear like an annulus or ring.
The path of the annular solar eclipse will be from the Saudi Arabian Peninsula, then over Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman, then over India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, then over the Philippines to Northern Marianas Island and in Guam towards the end.
A complete view of the annular solar eclipse will be visible in Balut Island in Saranggani, Davao del Sur.
The Moon will begin its passing at 12:45 PM Philippine local time until 3:58 PM on December 26.
The maximum eclipse will be around 2:30 PM and will last only for about two minutes and 32.5 seconds.
A partial eclipse of up to 60% will also be visible in the Metro Manila specifically in Quezon City.
In viewing the eclipse, state weather agency PAGASA warned the public to use appropriate eyewear because the direct view of the sunlight, especially during an eclipse, is harmful to the eye.
PAGASA said a welding mask would do.
Apart from a strategic location in Balut Island, PAGASA will set up a viewing area at the observatory in UP Diliman.
However, PAGASA warned that the eclipse might be distracted by the weather especially that a weather disturbance is likely to happen on December 26 in the country.
PAGASA clarified that there is no scientific study that will prove the effects of a solar eclipse to humans or to animals.
Sea conditions are also observed to be normal during an eclipse.
An annular solar eclipse is so rare that the next time the Earth would witness it is on February 28, 2063. – MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)
MANILA, Philippines — More than one million Manila Water customers will be affected by the rotational water service interruption that the water concessionaire started on Thursday (Feb. 20).
Manila Water said this is due to the low water allocation, as well as its preparation for the dry season.
“So, ineexpect natin na bababa nang husto ang level ng dam. So, this early, kailangan paghandaan natin ‘yon para ‘yong limitadong supply na nakukuha natin sa Angat Dam na siyang nagsu-supply ng 96, 97 percent ng tubig para sa Metro Manila, mas ma-manage natin ng mabuti at nang tayo ay makatawid ngayong summer hanggang sa bago dumating uli ‘yong tag-ulan,” Manila Water Spokesperson Jeric Sevilla said.
In January, the water company started lowering the pressure of the water distributed to households in Metro Manila and Rizal province. This is done in off-peak hours or from 10 in the evening to 6 in the morning.
“While ‘yung interruption na binanggit natin is about 4 to 10 hours. In reality, mas maikli dahil nga madaling araw lang natin gagawin. So, generally, mga 11 to about 3 to 4 in the morning lang ito kung saan hindi nila mararamdaman,” Sevilla said.
He added that the schedule and the affected areas of the water service interruption can be found on the company’s Facebook page.
Manila Water added that the rotational water service interruption will continue as long as the water allocation by the National Water Resources Board is still below normal.
For the past several months, the water allocated to Manila Water is just 42 cubic meters per second —much lower than the normal allocation of 46 cubic meters per second.
As of 8:00 AM on Friday, the water level in Angat dam was at 202.48 meters.
According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the rain brought by the Northeast Monsoon or Amihan contributed to the rise of the water level in Angat.
To date, Metro Manila will still have a reduced water allocation.
The NWRB said the board will still have to discuss how much water will be allocated in Metro Manila in the coming months. — (from the report of Asher Cadapan, Jr.) /mbmf
MANILA, Philippines – State weather agency PAGASA is monitoring a low-pressure area (LPA) near the southern island of Mindanao.
As of 4:00 a.m. Thursday (February 6), the weather system was located at 705 k.m. east of Davao City.
The trough of the LPA is currently bringing cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms in areas of Visayas, CARAGA, Northern Mindanao and the entire Davao Region.
Meanwhile, the Northeast Monsoon (Amihan) is seen affecting Luzon particularly Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, Bicol Region, Aurora, and Quezon where cloudy skies with light rains can be observed.
Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers will prevail over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon due to Amihan.
Similar conditions will also be experienced in other areas of Mindanao due to localized thunderstorms.
MANILA, Philippines – State weather service PAGASA forecast slight weakening of Typhoon Ursula (International name Phanfone) as it further moves west-northwestward over the West Philippine Sea.
As of 10:00 AM Thursday (December 26), the weather system was located at 235 km Northwest of Coron, Palawan with maximum sustained winds of 120 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 150 kph.
Still, tropical cyclone wind signals (TCWS) #1 remains hoisted over the northwestern portion of Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island and Calamian Islands where winds of up to 30 to 60 kph is expected to prevail in 36 hours.
Residents in these areas are advised to take appropriate measures for possible landslides and flashfloods while sea travel remains at high risk over the seaboards of areas under Signal #1 due to rough sea conditions.
Meanwhile, PAGASA already lifted for Bataan, Cavite, Batangas, Oriental Mindoro, the rest of Occidental Mindoro, and the rest of extreme northern Palawan.
Through the day, light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains will prevail over northern portion of Palawan including Calamian Islands and Lubang Island.
Central Luzon, Metro Manila, Rizal, and Northern Quezon, likewise, will experience cloudy skies with scattered rains.
According to PAGASA, Ursula is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Saturday (28 December) morning.
UNTV is a major TV broadcast network with 24-hour programming. An Ultra High Frequency station with strong brand content that appeal to everyone, UNTV is one of the most trusted and successful Philippine networks that guarantees wholesome and quality viewing experience.