An eclipse will occur in Asia Pacific on Wednesday 9 March, visible to varying degrees from Japan to Australia, with totality across Indonesia. Few people were able see this amazing phenomenon with their own eyes, because the “path of totality” – the area on earth where you see the moon fully covering the sun – was only 100 miles wide. The Day will turn to night this week for millions of people, as the moon passes directly in front of the sun causing a total solar eclipse. In case you missed it, you can watch the eclipse here reply of the spectacular event.
What is a solar eclipse?
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly between the Earth and the sun, casting a shadow over the Earth. It can only happen during a new moon – when the dark side of the moon is facing the Earth.
Lunar eclipse, on the other hand, occur when the Earth passes between the sun and the Moon, casting a shadow over a full moon.
How an eclipse is formed
As the new moon passes directly in front of the Sun during the early hours of Wednesday, March 9, millions of people across Indonesia and the Pacific have been treated a total solar eclipse.
According to the official Meteorology, Climate and Geophysics Agency, the eclipse began at 6:19 am (0449 IST today) as the Moon started to pass directly in front of the Sun.
Few people were able see this amazing phenomenon with their own eyes, because the “path of totality” – the area on earth where you see the moon fully covering the sun – was only 100 miles wide. However, with the help of the Exploratorium’s crew, the public was able to view the eclipse live from Micronesia. Here’s look at the moment when the moon fully covered the sun.
Miss the total solar Eclipse? — Watch it here
However, in India, it was a partial one, which begins at 4:49 am (Indian Standard Time) on Wednesday and continues till 9:08 am (IST).
The eclipse was total in Indonesia and the Central Pacific, while parts of Australia and east Asia experienced a partial one.
The 2016 solar eclipse was visible for a short time at sunrise in Indonesia: then the path crossed the Pacific Ocean and made landfall at only a few atolls, including Woleai and lfalik.
The next total solar eclipse will take place on August 21, 2017. It will be visible from Oregon down to south Carolina and will last longer than Tuesday’s solar eclipse.