Cambodia to witness partial sola eclipse

Those in Cambodia and most Southeast Asian countries (the ASEAN eclipse?) will witness a total and partial solar eclipse this Wednesday, March 9 at dawn. The astronomical phenomenon will start at the Indian Ocean to cross Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia towards the north Pacific to end at the coasts of Alaska. In places like Borneo, the sun will be almost covered by the passing moon, producing the night effect. The region around the total eclipse will experiment the partial reduction of solar light, affecting countries like Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines. In Cambodia the eclipse will start at 6:38 AM, reaching its maximum effect at 7:32 AM and ending at 8:32 AM.

All scientific agencies recommend to avoid the looking at the phenomenon with the naked eye, because the solar radiation could damage definitively the eye retina. Please avoid to use material like any dark glasses or watching it through the reflection on the water, as some popular advisories say. In this article you can find technical recommendations of how to watch safely the solar eclipse.

Please… Attention!

If you are in Cambodia or if you are a literate person, please prepare the Cambodians around you to watch the phenomenon in a safely way. Remember that education in Cambodia is very low and the Ministry of Health is very busy partying instead to prepare the population to prevent accidents and health damage. Instruct the Cambodians around you NOT TO WATCH THE SUN DIRECTLY!

This will be the only eclipse in 2016 and it will cross the Earth International Date Line, making the curiosity to start on Wednesday morning and finishing on Tuesday afternoon (from March 9 to March 8!). It is also the object of astrological predictions such as the change of climate with natural disasters such as heavy raining and flood. Please wait for the next update: What Cambodian astrologists predict… in few hours.


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About Albeiro Rodas

Albeiro Rodas (in Cambodia Sky Ly Samnang), is a MA in Digital Communication, independent journalist and a Salesian of Don Bosco from Amalfi, Colombia, based in Cambodia since 1999. He is the creator of the Don Bosco schools of journalism in Sihanoukville and Kep with young people from poor communities and the founder of the Don Bosco Kep Children Fund. Medal for Social Commitment UPB (2010); among the 100 more upstanding Colombians abroad (Marca Colombia, 2012, and among the 12 Colombians that are making this a better world 2013 (

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