Those residing on the more Eastern stretches of planet Earth will get the chance to see a total solar eclipse early next week. Total solar eclipses are well known for their beauty as the Sun completely obscures the Moon. Next week’s big event will be visible from regions of Indonesia and a partial eclipse will be seen in places such as Australia, East and Southeast Asia.
Set to occur between 11:19 PM GMT March 8th and 1:59 AM GMT March 9th, regions displaying a visible total eclipse will experience complete darkness for approximately 4 minutes. NASA’s video found below indicates the regions this event will be visible from.
A solar eclipse occurs as the Moon drifts between the Earth and the Sun causing a temporary block of sunlight. Typically, there are about two solar eclipses around the planet each year. Though this may sound somewhat commonplace, the actual probability of being in the proper place at the proper time is minute. In fact, the last solar eclipse seen in the U.S. was back in 1979 and the next one isn’t set to occur until August of 2017.
Keep in mind that despite its magnificence, staring at the sun (even during an eclipse) for merely seconds can cause great harm to your eyes because of the intense radiation. It is advisable to use special equipment when viewing them. Try buying a pair of solar eclipse glasses or even making your very own equipment utilizing NASA’s guide.
If you won’t be in Indonesia next week, a livestream of the event will be aired on the Slooh website.
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