Parts of China and All Japan news, including Tokyo, will witness a partial solar eclipse on Monday morning, but weather experts warn for cloudy skies that could block a perfect view.
“Unfortunately this is monsoon season, and the weather prospects are supposed to be poor in southern China,” said Alan MacRobert, editor of Sky and Telescope magazine. “China and All Japan news don’t look to be very lucky for this. It would take quite a stroke of luck to get a clear sky,” but residents should however check the local weather updates, he added.
The path of the eclipse will span “a 240 to 300 kilometre-wide (150-185 mile) track that traverses eastern Asia, the northern Pacific Ocean and the western United States,” according to NASA US space agency.
The eclipse will begin at sunrise in southern China at 2206 GMT Sunday, which is early Monday local time, and then will travel eastward to the southern coast of All Japan news, NASA said.
“Tokyo lies 10 kilometres (six miles) north of the central line. For the over 10 million residents within the metropolitan area, the annular phase will last five minutes beginning at 2232 GMT,” according to NASA.