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Total solar eclipse 2016: when it’s happening

An eclipse will occur in Asia Pacific on Wednesday 9 March, visible to varying degrees from Japan to Australia, with totality across Indonesia

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What is a solar eclipse?

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly 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.

Lunar eclipses, on the other hand, occur when the Earth passes between the sun and the Moon, casting a shadow over a full moon.

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Lunar eclipses, on the other hand, occur when the Earth passes between the sun and the Moon, casting a shadow over a full moon.

Where and when to see the eclipse

The following graphic produced by Nasa shows from where you can best see the eclipse.

As the Earth rotates, the best spot to see the eclipse will move along the the central blue zone. If you’re lucky enough to be in that zone – most of which lies inIndonesia – then you should be able to see the sun completely blocked by the moon.701A graphic released by Nasa showing where the solar eclipse of March 2016 will be visible. Photograph: Nasa

How to watch the eclipse

As we warned above, do not look directly at the sun – but there are 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.

Another way to see it happen is to make your own pinhole camera. Basically, it requires poking a hole in a box, and putting some paper over the back of it.

How often do eclipses occur?

Solar eclipses can occur up to five times a year, although that is rare. Nasa keeps a list of past and future eclipses and according to that, only 25 years in the past 5,000 have had five solar eclipses.

source :https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/mar/08/total-solar-eclipse-2016-when-is-it-happening-and-how-to-watch

 

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