A total solar eclipse will be experienced on Mach 9 2016, in countries like Indonesia and a partial solar eclipse can be seen in the Philippines.
According to PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration), the track of the eclipse will be going across E. Asia, N & W Australia N. and Oceania.
Images from PAGASA
The eclipse is expected to draw people around the world just to have a glimpse of the phenomenon.
How does a solar eclipse occur?
In the ancient times, our ancestors have believed that eclipses are signs of bad luck and a bad thing will happen.
But, with the knowledge that we have today, we know that it is not true. According to Space, the solar eclipse occurs when “the moon gets between Earth and the sun, and the moon casts a shadow over Earth.” It is also said that a solar eclipse can only during a new moon. It’s when the moon passes directly between the sun and Earth and its shadows fall upon Earth’s surface.
Where can the eclipse be seen exactly?
The total solar eclipse can be seen in Indonesia including parts of the country like Sumatra, Sulawesi, and Borneo; also, from other locations in the Pacific Ocean.
People from the northern and eastern Australia, South Asia, and East Asia can see a partial solar eclipse.
One thing that will disappoint people in Indonesia is the cloudy weather out there. There’s a great chance to have cloudy skies in the country because it’s the wet season currently.
How to see an eclipse safely?
It is really dangerous to directly look at the sun with or without an eclipse. The ultraviolet rays from the sun can really damage your eyesight.
But, there are ways to observe this natural phenomenon without harming yourself.
You can use a simple mirror. Just cover the mirror with a piece of paper with a small hole about 5mm in it. If you put a larger hole, it will result in a fuzzier image.
Another technique, which is probably the easiest one is by just getting a bucket or another container and filling it with water. You can now enjoy watching the eclipse on the reflection produced.
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