Basic Astronomy

Total solar eclipse on 9th March 2016

9 March 2016 Solar eclipse animation

(Animation of the Solar eclipse. Image credit NASA.)

On 8/9th March 2016, a total solar eclipse will take place.

The total solar eclipse will be visible from Sumatra, Borneo, Sulawesi and Pacific.

One can see a Partial Solar Eclipse from east Asia, Australia and Pacific. The eclipse starts at 00:02 UTC and ends at 03:30 UTC. If viewed from East of the International date line, the eclipse will be visible on 8th March 2016 and if viewed from west of the International date line, the eclipse will be visible on 9th March 2016.

The next total solar eclipse will occur on 1st September 2016.

A solar eclipse take place when Moon passes between Sun and Earth and shadow of moon totally or partially obscures Sun for a viewer on Earth. A total solar eclipse take place when apparent diameter of the Moon is larger than apparent diameter of the Sun, blocking all direct sunlight, turning day into darkness for few moments.

How to watch solar eclipse?

You need to take some precautions to watch solar eclipse, otherwise you may risk your eyes. You should never try to look directly towards Sun during eclipse with the naked eye or with any optical device, such as binoculars or a telescope.

Do not use sunglasses, smoked glass, exposed color film, X-ray films, photographic neutral density filters or Polaroid filters. They are NOT safe for your eyes.

(16th June 2013)

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