21 June 2020 Annular Solar Eclipse Resources and Events

An annular solar eclipse will sweep through Africa, the Middle East, and Central and East Asia on 21 June 2020. A partial eclipse will be visible in roughly three continents. This webpage lists livestreams, how-tos and resources to learn more about and safely view the eclipse in local languages provided by our local IAU National Outreach Coordinator (NOC). More information about NOCs can be found here.

The time of the eclipse will vary depending on where in the world you live. An interactive map with information about the time of the eclipse from anywhere in the world can be found here. Local events and amateur astronomy organisations will also have more information about the general time of the eclipse.

Note: Some events are open for in-person attendance. In light of the pandemic, please adhere to local and WHO health guidelines when attending these events to ensure the safety of you and other attendees.

Contents:

 

Africa

The African Astronomical Society (AfAS)

The African Astronomical Society, of which the NOCs of Alegria and Madagascar serve as officers, has created a number of informational resources in English, Amharic (አማርኛ) and Kiswahili, and will be sharing livestreams from Africa on their social media. They are also hosting the #EclipsePinholeChallenge on Facebook.

 

General information and resources: https://www.africanastronomicalsociety.org/solar-eclipse-2020/

List of livestreams: https://www.africanastronomicalsociety.org/eclipse-webcasts/

Facebook: @AfAS2.0

Twitter: @AfricaAstronomy


Cameroon

Information specific to Cameroon can be found on the Astronomy Outreach in Cameroon Facebook page.

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Astronomy-Outreach-Of-Cameroon-105662614293971/


Ethiopia

A special Facebook page in Amheric (አማርኛ) has been set up by the NOC Ethiopia team. The livestream is set to begin at 0600 EMT (UTC+3).

 

Facebook: @EthiopianEclipse2020

Youtube livestream: https://youtu.be/rD6IeVB9Ayk

Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute (ESSTI) official Youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEhUNvHVql6ostdww6Gkpog

Ethiopian Space Science Society (ESSS) official Youtube page https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYxlzI3_pEfdSHL-FasmW-A 


Kenya

The Travelling Telescope, a 2015 grantee from the IAU Office of Astronomy for Development, will be hosting a livestream on Facebook from Kenya.

 

Facebook: @TheTravellingTelescope


 

Asia

East Asia Universe Awareness Solar Eclipse

The NOCs of Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam will participate in the MY - East Asia Universe Awareness Solar Eclipse (MY - EAUNIVASE) programme. This livestream will include livestreams from numerous Southeast Asian countries. The programme will be streamed on the Apadilangit Facebook and Youtube beginning at 13:30 MYT (UTC+8) with live eclipse observations beginning at 15:38 MYT (UTC+8).

 

Facebook: @apadilangit

Youtube: @ApadilangitMalaysia


Brunei

The Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam has resources for viewing the eclipse locally in English and Malay (Bahasa Melayu Brunei). They will also host a livestream on their Facebook page from 1445 to 1730 BNT (UTC+8).

 

Website: www.bruneiastronomy.org/ 

Facebook livestream: @bruneiastronomy 


China, Taipei

The National Museum of Natural Science (NMNS) will also be hosting a livestream with broadcasts from around the island. Numerous events open to the public will take place in museums and schools across Taiwan with activities before the eclipse and on-site observations. 

 

NMNS website: https://www.nmns.edu.tw/

Youtube livestream: https://www.youtube.com/user/NMNSTW

 

Public Observation Event Locations and Activities

All times are in CST (UTC+8), see NMNS website for more information

  • National Museum of Natural Science (Taichung) (partial eclipse)
    • 10:00-11:30 Outdoor Lecture
    • 14:30-17:30 Eclipse observation with live explanation and hands-on session
  • National Kinmen Senior High School (annular eclipse)
    • 13:30-14:30 Activities
    • 14:30-17:30 Eclipse observation and live explanation
  • National Magong (Penghu) High School (partial eclipse)
    • 10:00-12:00 Solar eclipse observation workshop
    • 14:30-17:30 Eclipse observation and live explanation
  • Chiayi Natural History Education Center (annular eclipse)
    • 14:30-17:30 Eclipse observation and live explanation
  • Tropic of Cancer Solar Exploration Center (annular eclipse)
    • 14:30-17:30 Eclipse observation and live explanation
  • Taipei Astronomical Museum (partial eclipse)
    • 14:30-17:30 Eclipse observation and live explanation
  • Tainan Astronomical Education Area (partial eclipse)
    • 14:30-17:30 Eclipse observation and live explanation
  • Penghu National Scenic Area Administration (partial eclipse)
    • 15:30-17:30 Eclipse observation and live explanation
  • Chiayi City Astronomical Association (annular eclipse)
    • 10:00-12:00 Master’s lecture
    • 14:30-17:30 Eclipse observation and live explanation

Iraq

Information about when and how to safely view the eclipse is being shared on the NOC Iraq Facebook and in news reports in Arabic (اَلْعَرَبِيَّةُ) and English.

 

Iraq NOC Facebook: @IAU.NOC.Iraq

Table of viewing times in Iraq: https://tinyurl.com/yb6lkhot

Arabic news report (in Arabic): https://tinyurl.com/y8dcfuyh


India

The Astronomical Society of India has compiled a list of multilingual education resources and livestreams. The maximum annular eclipse will vary between 11:58 to 12:53 IST (UTC+5.5) depending on one’s location in the country. More information regarding this is on the webpage.

 

Informational webpage: http://astron-soc.in/outreach/activities/aseindia2020/


Indonesia

Resources in Bahasa Indonesian on eclipses and how to safely are available at the gerhana.info website while the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency will hold a livestream. 

 

Gerhana.info website: http://gerhana.info

Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency livestream: https://www.bmkg.go.id/gmc


Japan

The National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) will host a livestream in Japanese (日本語) from Ishigaki Island, Okianawa and Nayoro Observatory. The broadcast begins at 15:45 JST (UTC+9). Some educational resources about eclipses in Japanese are available on the NAOJ website. 

 

Informational webpage: https://www.nao.ac.jp/en/notice/20200621-partial-eclipse.html

Youtube livestream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQzDgwpKZFk&feature=emb_title

NAOJ Ephemeris Computation Office: http://eco.mtk.nao.ac.jp/koyomi/index.html


Korea, Republic of (South Korea)

Public observation events as well as livestreams will be held in Korean (한국어) from local observatories and science museums. The partial eclipse will occur between 15:53 to 18:04 KST (UTC+9). The partial eclipse maximum will be at 17:02 KST locally.

 

Livestreams

Korean Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI) Facebook: @kasipr

Gwacheon National Science Museum Youtube: @gnsmscience

 

Public Observation Event Locations:

  • Daejeon Observatory (Daejeon)
  • Gwangju National Science Museum (Gwangju) 
  • Busan National Science Museum (Busan)
  • Daegu National Science Museum (Daegu)
  • The Korean Amateur Astronomical Society (Seoul, Incheon, Cheon-An, Asan, Ham-An, Jeonju, and Jeongeup)

More information about events can be found here: http://www.kaas.or.kr/board/?bid=kaasnews2&subAct=view&seq=3086


Malaysia

Members of Apadilangit, part of the NOC Malaysia team, are organising the MY - East Asia Universe Awareness Solar Eclipse (MY - EAUNIVASE) programme. They have made resources about safely viewing solar eclipses locally available in English and have links to events in Malaysia.

Solar Eclipse Malaysia Website: https://solareclipsemalaysia.apadilangit.com/


Nepal

More information to come. Activities will be in Nepali (नेपाली) and English.


Pakistan

The Lahore Astronomical Society (LAST) has created a podcast with information about the eclipse and how to safely view it in Punjabi (پن٘جابی). They encourage people to safely view the eclipse from their own homes. Additionally, the Institute of Space Science and Technology at the University of Karachi has gathered more information and will share observations.

 

LAST podcast: https://www.lahoreastronomy.com/news-announcements/2020/5/25/podcast-upcoming-eclipse

University of Karachi webpage: http://www.uok.edu.pk/research_institutes/isst/events.php


Palestine, State of

The Palestinian Astronomical Society and other scientific and media institutions will host a livestream on Facebook in Arabic (اَلْعَرَبِيَّةُ). The eclipse begins at 07:25 EEST (UTC+3) locally.

 

Palestinian Astronomical Society Facebook: @astropal.org

Dawoud Tarawa (NOC State of Palestine) Facebook: @dawoud.tarawa

MaanNews.net Facebook: @MaanNews.net

Palweather Facebook: @palweather

Ask Hebron Facebook group: Ask Hebron


The Philippines

The public is invited to numerous observation events to view the partial solar eclipse.

 

Public Observation Events Locations

  • Manila Street Astronomers (MAS) (Manila, Quezon City, Baguio City, Rizal)
  • Astronomical League of the Philippines (ALP) (Manila)
  • Philippines Astronomical Society (Manila)

 

Correction: PAGASA Astronomical Observatory will not be holding public observations.


Sri Lanka

The Astronomy & Space Study Center (ASSCSL) will host a livestream from 09:15 to 15:04 IST (UTC+5.5) on 21 June 2020 on their Facebook.


ASSCSL Facebook: @asscsl

ASSCSL Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpz2rI8MXxQh5ywnpzXZ_YA?view_as=subscriber&fbclid=IwAR3CxWlBgWG9GtvZ7oGKv2AVkYI2KV-gkCdHDSUEKdca_1SsxPIIYFJo_iI


Turkey

A number of livestreams in Turkish (Türkçe) are planned to broadcast from Turkey.

 

Turkish Astronomical Society's Public Outreach Committee (AstroBilgi) Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/astrobilgi

TÜBİTAK National Observatory Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjE5vHPYsJIfxr5icOchMrA

 

19 June update: weather from observation sites for the eclipse is not improving. Staff will continue to monitor the conditions.


United Arab Emirates

A number of organisations will be broadcasting livestreams of the partial eclipse and have provided additional information about the eclipse on their websites in Arabic (اَلْعَرَبِيَّةُ). The partial eclipse will begin at 08:13 and end at 11:12 GST (UTC+4).

 

The Sharjah Academy for Astronomy, Space Science and Technology (SAASST) (Sharjah)

Instagram livestream: @saasst.sharjah

Youtube livestream: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWgqZArhU14kWsehK8RgvvQ

SAASST eclipse webpage: https://saasst.ae/index.php/component/djevents/details/2020-06-21/9-partial-solar-eclipse-observation

This broadcast will also be shown on SharjahTV and UAE Barq.

 

International Astronomical Center (IAC) (Abu Dhabi)

Youtube livestream: https://youtu.be/6PjxY2aSzDw

IAC eclipse website: http://www.astronomycenter.net/articles/2020/06/15/se2020

IAC Twitter: @AstronomyCenter


Vietnam

VietAstro will be sharing a livestream of the eclipse in Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt) and English on their Facebook. They will also open public observation events in different cities. More information about the events can be found on their Facebook. The partial eclipse will begin at 13:30 ICT (UTC+7) and the livestream will begin at 11:30 ICT.

 

VietAstro Facebook: @vietastro

 

Public Event Locations:

  • Da Nang
  • Ha Noi
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Nha Trang (Khanh Hoa Province)
  • Quy Nhon (Binh Dinh Province)

Team members also plan to carry out two experiments during the eclipse: measuring the circumference of the Earth (Eratosthenes Experiment) and the distance between the Earth and the Moon.


Thank to you Ndunge Roland (NOC Cameroon), Hazarry bin Haji Ali Ahmad (NOC Brunei), Alemiye Mamo (NOC Ethiopia), Wei-Hsin Sun (NOC China, Taipei), Avivah Yamani (NOC Indonesia), Samir Dhurde (NOC India), Ali Jaber Al-Edhari (NOC Iraq), Suresh Bhattarai (NOC Nepal), Seo-gu Lee (NOC South Korea) and KASI PR team, Sinan Alis (NOC Turkey), Ghulam Murtaza (NOC Pakistan), Dawoud Tarawa (NOC State of Palestine), MA. Rosario C. Ramos (NOC The Philippines), Tan Vu Nguyen (co-NOC Vietnam), Niruj Mohan Ramanujam (African Astronomical Society), The Travelling Telescope and Hafez Murtza (Apadilangit) for sharing information about events and country-specific resources.

 

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