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Bonaire will view a partial solar eclipse on August 21st, 2017.

Partial solar eclipse visible from Bonaire.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.

Read more about this celestial event.

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.

  • Always inspect your solar filter before use; if scratched or damaged, discard it. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter.
  • Always supervise children using solar filters.
  • Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun. After looking at the sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the sun.
  • Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device.
  • Similarly, do not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury.
  • Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device. Note that solar filters must be attached to the front of any telescope, binoculars, camera lens, or other optics.
  • Outside the path of totality, you must always use a safe solar filter to view the sun directly.
  • If you normally wear eyeglasses, keep them on. Put your eclipse glasses on over them, or hold your handheld viewer in front of them.

Read the entire article on how to safely observe the solar eclipse.


Susan Davis, Bonaire InsiderSusan 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. 

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