Total Solar Eclipse: March 8 – March 9
Skywatchers in Southeast Asia will get a front-row seat to a total solar eclipse on March 8 and 9. A partial eclipse will be visible over a much wider area including most of Asia, Oceania and Australia.
The event will begin on March 9 and finish on March 8. That’s because the moon’s shadow will first fall over parts of the Pacific on Wednesday morning local time, and then cross the international date line and appear visible on Tuesday afternoon local time.
The path of the totality—where the entire face of the sun is covered— will first touch land over Sumatra, Indonesia and then travel across the International Date Line (into March 8). It will then pass northeastward across the Pacific Ocean until vanishing near Hawaii. In total, the moon’s shadow will travel a path approximately 8,800 miles (14,162 kilometers) across the globe. Locations in its shadowy path with experience complete darkness for up to 4 minutes.
Total eclipses occur when the moon moves between the Earth and the Sun, and the three bodies align precisely. The last one occurred on March 20, 2015, only visible from the Faroe Islands and Norway’s Arctic Svalbard archipelago.
If you’re not lucky enough to live in it’s path, NASA TV will provide a livestream to watch the eclipse from the comfort of your own home.