Total Solar Eclipse 2016: When it’s Happening and How to Watch It
|The total solar eclipse seen from Svalbard, Norway in March 2015.
Photograph: Haakon Mosvold Larsen/AP
south-east Asia will be able to witness the event. It will also be
visible in Hawaii,
east of the international dateline, where it will still be Tuesday 8
March. For those further west or east in Europe and America, it will
already be night, so the sun will not be visible.
What is a solar eclipse?
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.
Where and when to see the eclipse
along the the central blue zone. If you’re lucky enough to be in that
zone – most of which lies in Indonesia – then you should be able to see the sun completely blocked by the moon.
able to see a partial eclipse. For example, people in Darwin in northern
Australia will be able to see 60% of the sun covered by the moon.
People in Perth should be able to see 10% of the sun blocked.
worry – the eclipse won’t be happening at midnight. The time there is Universal Time, which is equivalent to Greenwich Mean Time. You can use Google or a site like this to convert it to your local time.
Adelaide and Hobart will miss out on the eclipse. But if you’re in
Queensland, and north of about Rockhampton, you should be able to see a
partial eclipse from about 11am on the coast, or a bit earlier from
people in Western Australia should be able to see a partial eclipse –
start watching from about 8am.
one, it will happen almost immediately after the sun rises, so start
watching from about 6.30am. In Jakarta, you should see about a 90%
eclipse about 15 minutes later.
eclipse from about 5.30pm, just as the sun is preparing to set.
The following places will experience totality at these times (all times
- Palembang, Sumatra: 7.21am
- Palu, Sulawesi: 8.38am
- Ternate, Malaku: 9.53am
- Bangkok, Thailand: 7.32am
- Singapore: 8.23am
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: 8.23am
- Manila, Philippines: 8.58am
- Darwin, Australia: 10.17am
- Cairns, Australia: 11.12am
The most important thing
few seconds, and only if you are in a location where the sun will be
completely covered by the moon.
How to watch the eclipse
some materials you can use to safely look at the sun. You could buy some
“number 14 welder’s glass” from a welding supply outlet or from some
hardware stores. You can also use aluminized mylar, which can even be
cut with scissors.
Basically, it requires poking a hole in a box, and putting some paper
over the back of it. Follow directions in this video:
How often do eclipses occur?