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The best places to watch the solar eclipse in Singapore

Want to catch a good view of the moon and the stars? Astrophiles, we got you covered

By Cam Khalid
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When it comes to alfresco dining and drinking, Singapore’s loaded with a myriad of rooftop barsoutdoor restaurants and beach clubs. No doubt, these spots are great for unwinding under the stars, but when it comes to catching astronomical wonders like the solar eclipse on December 26, you’re better off elsewhere. The rare solar eclipse will be visible from Singapore from 11am to 3pm, and the whole event will last under two minutes – but you'll be able to witness a 'ring of fire' caused by the edges of the Sun peeking out from behind the Moon. Here are some of the best spots in the city to catch it or simply, stargaze.

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Science Centre Observatory
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Science Centre Singapore

Things to do Jurong East

For all things astronomy, look no further than the Observatory – possibly the best place to witness the eclipse. Besides sitting in for talks and workshops, you can look past the artificial illumination of the city and to the stars light years away with its 40cm mega-telescope. Because this observatory is one of the few in the world located so close to the equator, it offers stargazers views of both the northern and southern hemispheres. 

Woodlands Galaxy Community Club

Things to do Woodlands

Aptly named Woodlands Galaxy Community Club, this space in the North isn't your typical neighbourhood centre. Besides your usual facilities like badminton courts, events spaces and a gym, it is also home to the Andromeda Observatory which features a 30cm telescope that gives astrophiles the best view into space. With clear skies, you can catch a detailed look of the moon, a glimpse of stars, and if you're lucky, other planets too.

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Bishan-Ang Mo Kio park
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Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park

Things to do Bishan

One of the largest parks in Singapore, Bishan-Ang Mo Kio park comprises two sections, separated by Marymount Road. Intersecting the length of the park is the starting portion of the Kallang River, which flows down from Lower Pierce Reservoir. The park's many eateries include Grub, Canopy Garden Dining and McDonald's. The park also has a spa – Aramsa Garden Spa. Other amenities include a dog run, a playground and water park. Occasionally, there will be star-gazing sessions held by Singapore Sidewalk Astronomy, at the area near McDonald's. 

Changi Beach Park

Things to do Changi 

The beach, one of the oldest in Singapore, is located so far away from the city centre and that’s a good thing, especially for catching a meteor shower or stargazing. Unlike East Coast Park, Changi Beach Park has a distinct kampong vibe. You’ll feel it the moment you sink your toes into the white sand. In fact, we daresay that this park is your best bet if you want to escape the weekend throngs.

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East Coast Park

Attractions Beaches Marine Parade

East Coast Park stretches along the east coast of Singapore from Changi Airport (great for plane watching the A380), past the numerous restaurants at East Coast Seafood Centre to Fort Road. There are dedicated cycle and walking paths, bicycle and rollerblade hire stalls, a skate park, and barbecue and camping areas if you need to pass time while waiting for the night sky to light up with bright stars or, if you're lucky, a meteor shower.

Upper Seletar Reservoir

Things to do Mandai

Situated in the northern part of Singapore, this reservoir park is the perfect place for an evening walk or jog through nature. A highlight of this 15 hectares space is its rocket ship lookout tower which is ace for some stargazing. Burn some calories with a quick cardio workout by climbing up the tower's winding stairs and be awarded with an aerial view of the park's water body, surrounding greenery and the starry sky come night time. 

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West Coast Park

Things to do Kent Ridge

This family-friendly park sits on 50 hectares of land that includes a camping site, barbecue pits, a dog run and a huge playground with eight sets of play areas. Bring your very own telescope and set up camp at its lush green space. There's also a McDonald's if you're feeling peckish while stargazing.

Fort Canning Park

Things to do City Hall

Conveniently atop a hill, Fort Canning Park is a pretty sweet spot for catching glimpses of space action. With plenty of green spaces around, roll out the at for lie under the stars or set up your telescope for a close-up view of the moon.

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Singapore Botanic Gardens

Attractions Parks and gardens Tanglin

The Gardens are a tranquil respite from the city buzz. It's considered to be the least light-polluted places in Singapore. Surround yourself with nature as you soak up the starry view while relaxing at the open fields by the Eco Lake, Symphony Lake, Swan Lake and the Bandstand.

Labrador Nature Reserve

Things to do Habourfront

Part of the Southern Ridges, the park contains the only rocky sea-cliff in Singapore, and offers a panoramic view of the sea and cliffside vegetation. It's also tucked away from the city buzz, giving you the sweet, sweet tranquility you need to accompany your space lookout. If you hear songs of a variety of bird species, including the Oriental Magpie-robin and Black-naped Oriole, don't be alarmed – they call Labrador Nature Reserve home. 

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Punggol Waterway
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Punggol Waterway Park

Things to do Punggol

Located in a peaceful area in the northeastern part of Singapore, this park offers four unique themes with something in store for visitors of all ages. For a good view of the midnight sky, skip the green spaces and head down to the Rope Bridge and Kelong Bridge where you get a picturesque view of the park and more.

The night is young

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