Watch Fantastic Footage of the Total Solar Eclipse Over Indonesia


Solar Eclipse 2016

Wow, a total solar eclipse! See the moon pass directly in front of the sun. It happened from 8:38 to 8:42 p.m. EST Tuesday. As the moon passed precisely between the sun and Earth – a relatively rare occurrence that happens only about once a year because of the fact that the moon and the sun do not orbit in the exact same plane – it blocked the sun’s bright face, revealing the tenuous and comparatively faint solar atmosphere, the corona.The total eclipse was only visible in parts of Southeast Asia Learn more about this event: #eclipse2016

Posted by NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration on Tuesday, March 8, 2016

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On Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, skywatchers living in the Pacific were treated to an incredible astronomical event: a total solar eclipse, the only one for all of 2016. 

Unfortunately, the phenomenon — during which the moon moved between the sun and Earth for a few minutes between  8:38 and 8:42 pm ET — was only visible from Indonesia, northern Australia, parts of southern China and Hawaii, meaning that skywatchers in the Western hemisphere were unable to enjoy the fully experience in real time.

Luckily, NASA collaborated with San Francisco’s Exploratorium and the National Science Foundation to capture majestic footage of the eclipse in action. Take a look at the clip above to see this year’s solar eclipse come and go, and check out the longer video below for a more detailed look at the incredible celestial occurance.