The moon began to move between the Earth and sun at 7:19am (Malaysian time) yesterday. An hour later, a total eclipse became visible to the western parts of the country.
Despite the cloudy skies, locals and commuters who raised their eyes to the sky were able to witness the first contact occurred as the moon sliced of part of the sun. The schoolchildren from SK Convent Bukit Nanas were also given the opportunity to witness this rare phenomenon as part of their science project.
According to The Star, the moon reached its maximum contact at 8:29am, covering about 70% to 90% of the sun in the Klang Valley during the period. Many were armed with their cameras, long-range telescopes, and sunglasses. The partial solar eclipse lasted just over 2 hours until 9.30am.
Pictures and videos have been flooding social media since the spectacular occurrence took place, so we’ve decided to compile various cool shots that were taken all around Malaysia. Just in case you missed out on the real thing.
1. The partial solar eclipse taking place between 8:25am to 8:30am.
2. Kuala Lumpur
3. Federal Territory Mosque, Kuala Lumpur
5. Klang, Selangor
— Syaiful Jaafar (@syaifuljaafar) March 9, 2016
6. Perlis’ State Legislative Assembly Complex
7. Penang State Mosque, Penang
8. Gurney Drive, Penang
9. Johor Bahru
Solar Eclipse in Johor Bharu! pic.twitter.com/JiWb7rqlwk
— obey (@ZubirMarsan) March 9, 2016
10. UiTM Seremban
11. Ipoh, Perak
— Sang Tan (@sangtanphoto) March 9, 2016
12. Kuantan, Pahang
Solar eclipse in Melaka, Malaysia pic.twitter.com/6zMyc2NYjx
— Mira Summer (@MiraSummer) March 9, 2016
14. Langkawi, Kedah
— Sa Li Na 🇲🇾 (@syahiraruzaimi) March 9, 2016
15. Sandakan, Sabah
16. National Planetarium, Kuching
The next solar eclipse in the country will be on 16th December, 2019.