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First annular eclipse in decades coming May 21

PLACES TO VIEW IT:The annular eclipse will be viewable in northern areas of the country, as well as Japan, southeast China and the US’ west coast

Staff writer, with CNA

The Central Weather Bureau’s observatory yesterday said that people in Taiwan could expect to see an annular solar eclipse on May 21, adding that Taiwan’s last occurrence of such an eclipse — shaped like a ring — was 54 years ago.

The eclipse will occur at 4:56am on May 21 and end at 10:49am the same day, with the annular solar eclipse expected to take place over Taiwan at about 6:10am.

However, the annular eclipse, which will last three to four minutes, will be able to be seen only in northern Taiwan and on Matsu and Kinmen islands.

People in the rest of the country will be able to see a partial eclipse, the observatory said.

Other parts of the world in where the eclipse will be seen include southeast China, Japan and the west coast of the US, the observatory said.

Another annular solar eclipse is not expected in Taiwan until 2020, the observatory said.

While cautioning people to use suitable protective gear or the pinhole method to prevent damage to their eyes when viewing the solar eclipse, the bureau said it would provide a live broadcast of the event on its Web site.

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