S'poreans out in droves to view Annular Solar Eclipse without protection on Dec. 26, 2019

Hope no queue at National Eye Centre tomorrow.

Mandy How | December 26, 2019, 03:29 PM

A workday afternoon on Dec. 26 was filled with excitement as an annular solar eclipse took place in Singapore.

Plenty of people ditched the comfort of air-conditioning and made their way outdoors to witness the rare astronomical event.

Photo by Juan Ezwan

Photo by Juan Ezwan

An ordinary empty rooftop started filling up with people. Photo by Mandy How.

Photo by Sherly Lieanata

Photo by Valerie


Observers saw a "ring of fire" as the moon shifted directly in front of the sun:


If you, like us, accidentally stared at the sun for a second too long, there might be pops of crescent in your vision for a couple of minutes after.

This is because you're not supposed to look directly at the sun, even with sunglasses.

Doing so could cause damage to your retinas.

Top photo by Sherly Lieanata