Bonaire will view a partial solar eclipse on August 21st, 2017.
This month the skies above Bonaire will be filled with some unique celestial events with the Perseids meteor showers (peaking the night of August 12th to 13th) as well as the star of the show, the upcoming partial solar eclipse on August 21st, 2017.
The partial solar eclipse will begin at 2:22 PM on August 21st, 2017 and end at 4:50 PM on the same day. The maximum effect for those on Bonaire will be at precisely 3:41 PM.
What will be visible from Bonaire.
When the eclipse begins, the moon will start to touch the sun’s edge. The altitude is 64.0º.
At the maximum eclipse, at 3:41 PM, the moon is closest to the center of the sun. The altitude is 44.8º.
At completion of the eclipse, the moon leaves the sun’s edge, and the sun will return to normal. At this point, the altitude is 28.0º.
How to safely observe the eclipse.
Since Bonaire will not be experiencing totality, it is necessary to protect one’s eyes when viewing the partial solar eclipse.
Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse (“totality”), when the moon entirely blocks the sun’s bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality.
Susan Davis has been living on Bonaire for over 25 years. She is a PADI Master Instructor, and an underwater and topside photographer. She also enjoys writing for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog.