Denpasar (ANTARA) - The partial solar eclipse in Bali on Thursday lasted for an average of three hours and was visible in nine districts and cities in the province, the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) said.

“The solar eclipse in Bali started at 10:28 a.m. local time and ended at 1:30 p.m. local time," head of BMKG Region III Denpasar Cahyo Nugroho said here on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the peak of the partial solar eclipse in Bali was estimated to occur around 11:55 a.m. local time.

BMKG said that Singaraja in North Bali and Negara in West Bali were expected to experience a partial solar eclipse for 2 hours and 59 minutes.

Meanwhile, the magnitude of the partial solar eclipse in Bali was between 0.75 in Amlapura and 0.72 in Negara.

BMKG described the natural phenomenon as a hybrid solar eclipse (GMH), which occurs when the sun, the moon, and the earth are exactly in a line.

As a result, in certain places the lunar disk observed from the earth is smaller than the sun's disk and in certain other places, the lunar disk observed from the earth is the same size as the sun's disk.

During the peak of the eclipse, in certain places, the sun appears like a ring—dark in the middle and bright on the edges—while in certain other places, it seems as if the sun has been covered by the moon.

The BMKG provided live views of its solar eclipse observations through its YouTube channel, info BMKG.

Solar eclipses are of two types: annular solar eclipses and total solar eclipses, which occur sequentially in one phenomenon, so they are considered rare.

Based on BMKG data, only a partial solar eclipse was visible in Bali.

The agency asked people who wanted to observe the rare phenomenon to use special glasses that can filter radiation.

It advised people against directly observing the solar eclipse with the naked eye because solar radiation can damage the eyes.

Communities in the Bali region were able to observe the partial solar eclipse. Meanwhile, the total solar eclipse was visible on Biak Island, Papua, and Kisar Island, Maluku, with the peak duration pegged at one minute and two seconds and one minute and five seconds, respectively.

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