Spot­light on sci­en­tific tourism dur­ing an­nu­lar so­lar eclipse

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

The Min­istry of Tourism (MoT) has part­nered with Oman As­tro­nom­i­cal So­ci­ety (OAS) to bring a unique sci­en­tific tourism ex­pe­ri­ence to lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional tourists this year.

The 2019 an­nu­lar eclipse phe­nom­e­non – one of the rarest ones - is set to oc­cur in the sul­tanate on De­cem­ber 26.

Oman As­tro­nom­i­cal So­ci­ety has been work­ing with var­i­ous in­sti­tu­tions in­clud­ing the Min­istry of Awqaf and Re­li­gious Af­fairs, Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Min­istry of Health, Pub­lic Author­ity for Ra­dio and Tele­vi­sion, and Pho­to­graphic So­ci­ety of Oman, among other govern­ment and pri­vate in­sti­tu­tions, to record the phe­nom­ena un­der the An­nu­lar Eclipse 2019 project.

An­war al Balushi, direc­tor of Tourism Events at the Min­istry of Tourism, said, “We are de­lighted to co­op­er­ate with OAS and other key or­gan­i­sa­tions in the prepa­ra­tion of the pro­gramme for the an­nu­lar eclipse phe­nom­e­non.”

Ali al Shaibani, vice chair­man of OAS and the project su­per­vi­sor, said, “The an­nu­lar eclipse phe­nom­e­non is one of the rarest nat­u­ral phe­nom­ena that de­serves to be watched. Oman’s share of the an­nu­lar eclipse will be abun­dant as the sun will look like a ring in the gov­er­norates of Dhahi­rah, Dakhliyah, Al Wusta, and South Shar­qiyah along with the pos­si­bil­ity of view­ing par­tial eclipse in the rest of the sul­tanate’s cen­tral and south­east­ern re­gion. The so­lar eclipse will con­tinue for about 2 hours and 29 min­utes in Oman while the an­nu­lar eclipse will last for about three min­utes in the ar­eas lo­cated along the path of the an­nu­lar eclipse.”

In co­or­di­na­tion with the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, there will also be an ed­u­ca­tional pro­gramme to pro­mote astron­omy among stu­dents. An ex­hi­bi­tion of as­tro­nom­i­cal photograph­y 2020 will be held in part­ner­ship with the Pho­to­graphic So­ci­ety of Oman to en­cour­age pho­tog­ra­phers to take pho­to­graphs dur­ing the so­lar eclipse phe­nom­e­non and show the beauty of Oman, as well as en­cour­age re­search and sci­en­tific stud­ies of so­lar eclipse to col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties.

In co­op­er­a­tion with the Min­istry of Awqaf and Re­li­gious Af­fairs, OAS will or­gan­ise ob­ser­va­tion ac­tiv­i­ties in var­i­ous gov­er­norates in ad­di­tion to the an­nu­lar eclipse camp to be setup in Ras al Ruwais which will be equipped with many as­tro­nom­i­cal tele­scopes equipped with so­lar fil­ters.

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