A solar eclipse will happen on March 9, Wednesday across parts of Australia and Southeast Asia. However, people in the western hemisphere including those in the U.S. won?t see the phenomenon because it is night time over there. But, they can watch it live online.
The solar eclipse will also be observed in Hawaii, east of the international dateline, which is a day behind Australia (March 8). The total eclipse will be visible within a roughly 62 to 93-miles (100-150 km) wide path, that starts in the Indian Ocean and slices across parts of Indonesia including Sumatra, Kalimantan and Sulawesi before ending in the northern Pacific Ocean.
The point at which the total eclipse will last the longest – four minutes and nine seconds – is in the Pacific Ocean east of the Philippines. Palembang will be the first city to see the total eclipse, at 7:20 a.m. local time on March 9.
A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon perfectly aligns 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.
According to NASA News, this particular eclipse is even more special since it?s happening while the moon is at its closest point to the Earth?called perigee?making the moon appear larger in the sky, as a ?supermoon?. The moon will cast its dark central shadow, called the umbra, onto a very narrow strip along the surface of the Earth.
However, people further west or east in Europe and America, won?t be able to catch the event as it will already be night, and the sun will not be visible. But you need not worry as live streaming of the event will be available from various sources. Additionally, it will be much safer to view the event from your digital devices than directly viewing it as it can be harmful for your eyesight due to the dangerous ultraviolet and infrared rays.
Here is all you need to know about the Solar Eclipse:
The following places will experience totality at these times (all times local):
Palembang, Sumatra: 7:21 a.m.
Palu, Sulawesi: 8:38 a.m.
Ternate, Malaku: 9:53 a.m.
And these cities will also see their peak partial eclipse at the following (local) times:
Bangkok, Thailand: 7:32 a.m.
Singapore: 8:23 a.m.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: 8:23 a.m.
Manila, Philippines: 8:58 a.m.
Darwin, Australia: 10:17 a.m.
Cairns, Australia: 11:12 a.m.
To know more about the eclipse check out the infographic below from Hofmag.com
LIVE Stream Links:
You can watch a live webcast of the eclipse via the robotic telescope service SLOOH.com.?Slooh will beam multiple feeds from the Pacific Basin region along the path of totality, including coverage from the Indonesian countryside.
The broadcast begins March 8, from 6:00 p.m. EST (23:00 GMT) to 9:00 p.m. EST (02:00 GMT). You can watch it live, or come back to see the replay later.
Additionally, Panasonic will broadcast the live stream of the total solar eclipse using nothing more than solar energy from its Power Supply Container, a standalone photovoltaic power package. In other words, it will be using the sun to film the sun.
To capture the eclipse, 3 kW of energy generated by the solar modules and stored in the batteries will be relayed to a Panasonic LUMIX GH4 camera attached to a telescope. Panasonic will deliver the live broadcast of the four-minute phenomenon from the eastern Indonesian island, Ternate through its portable Power Supply Container.
NASA TV will broadcast the total eclipse through a LiveStream account. Their coverage should start around 8 p.m. EST, and you can expect to see totality starting at 8:38 p.m. EST.
The next total solar eclipse will occur on August 21, 2017 and shadow path will cross over the contiguous United States for the first time since 1979, from Oregon to South Carolina.