Total Solar Eclipse Darkens Parts of Asia
A total solar eclipse began sweeping across parts of Indonesia and the Indian and Pacific Oceans today, with hordes of sky gazers set to watch the spectacle.
The phenomenon began at 6:20 AM Wednesday, March 9 local time. Thanks to clear skies, the full eclipse was visible to several million people within its narrow path.
Solar eclipses occur when the sun, moon and Earth align so that the moon blocks the light of the sun from part of the Earth, creating a night-life experience in broad daylight for those who can see the full shadow. For the few minutes of totality, only the sun’s corona is visible, creating what’s often called a “ring of fire.”