Total Solar Eclipse Will Take Place March 8 and 9

February 28, 2016 11:55 pm Last Updated: February 28, 2016 11:55 pm

A total solar eclipse is slated to occur March 8 and March 9 over the Pacific Ocean.

Total solar eclipses take place when the Moon comes between the Earth and the Sun, casting the darkest part of its shadow—known as the umbra—on our planet. The darkest part of the eclipse is nearly as dark as night.

However, only people in Indonesia, including Sumatra, Borneo, and Sulawesi, and from areas in the Pacific Ocean will be able to see it in its full glory. It will start in Indonesia and end in the northern Pacific.

(NASA)
(NASA)

Portions of the upcoming total solar eclipse will be visible for residents of Australia, South Asia, and East Asia.

The eclipse will start at 23:19 UTC on March 8, 2016. Its maximum point will take place at 01:59 UTC on March 9, 2016, and the totality is to last for 4 minutes and 9 seconds.

(NASA)
(NASA)

Dr. Wolfgang Strickling via Geodata from OpenStreetMap/Creative Commons
Dr. Wolfgang Strickling via Geodata from OpenStreetMap/Creative Commons

Dr. Wolfgang Strickling via Geodata from OpenStreetMap/Creative Commons
Dr. Wolfgang Strickling via Geodata from OpenStreetMap/Creative Commons