Partial solar eclipse on December 26th visible from 14 Thai provinces


A partial solar eclipse will take place on December 26th. Although 14 provinces will be able to witness the phenomenon, Betong district in the southern border province of Yala will give the best views.

The 14 provinces that can view the event according to the National Astronomical Research Institute are:

  • Chiang Rai (10.23am to 1.44pm)
  • Chiang Mai (10.19am to 1.44pm)
  • Nakhon Sawan (10.19am to 1.53pm)
  • Bangkok (10.19am to 1.57pm)
  • Prachuap Khiri Khan (10.16am to 1.58pm)
  • Khon Kaen (10.29am to 2.01pm)
  • Nakhon Ratchasima (10.25am to 2.01pm)
  • Ubon Ratchathani (10.34am to 2.09pm)
  • Chachoengsao (10.21am to 1.59pm)
  • Koh Samui (10.16am to 2.01pm)
  • Phuket (10.11am to 1.57pm)
  • Songkhla (10.16am to 2.05pm)
  • Betong district of Yala (10.18am to 2.08pm)
  • Narathiwat (10.20am to 2.10pm)

There will be four observatories in Mae Rim district of Chiang Mai, Chachoengsao, Nakhon Ratchasima and Songkhla provinces that will be open to the public for viewing the partial solar eclipse. In Betong district, the eclipse will reach 81%.

The institute is warning people not to watch the event with naked eyes because looking directly at the sun can cause blindness.

Source: Thai PBS World

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