Chiang Mai Observatories Reopen to the Public, Two Days Before Solar Eclipse

NARIT (National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand) will reopen Chiang Mai’s regional observatories to the public on 19th June.

Observatories across Chiang Mai including Sirindhorn Observatory, ASTRO Park, and the Thai National Observatory were closed earlier this year due to the COVID 19 outbreak and lockdown. The reopening comes 2 days before the solar eclipse on 21st June 2020.

According to NARITA, a penumbral lunar eclipse is expected to be visible across Thailand on Saturday morning between 12.46 am and 4.04 am if the skies are clear enough.

During the penumbral lunar eclipse, a shadow will be seen immersing the full moon with the darkest shadow occurring at 2.24 am.

NARIT’s head of astronomy academic services, Mr Suparerk Karuehanon, said the eclipse on Saturday “Will be quite subtle when looking at it with the naked eye and can be seen more clearly through a telescope.”