A total solar eclipse will take place on March 9, 2016, with the greatest eclipse at 01:58 UTC. On the same day, the Moon will reach lunar perigee - its closest point to the Earth, supermoon - and will thus create a stronger effect on Earth's oceans.
The eclipse of March 9, 2016, will be total over parts of central Indonesia and the Pacific Ocean, starting at sunrise over Sumatra and ending at sunset north of Hawaii. In most parts of India and Nepal, the Sun will already rise partially eclipsed.
South and East Asia, Japan, Korea, Australia, Hawaii and Alaska will get to see varying degrees of a partial solar eclipse.
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Totality will last from one and a half to just over 4 minutes at each location, but more than 3 hours will pass between the time the westernmost location sees the eclipse begin and when the easternmost location sees the eclipse end. People along the path of totality, which is over 14 160 km (8 800 miles) long, but only 156 km (97 miles) wide at the widest point, will have the opportunity to see the solar corona only while the Sun’s face is totally covered by the Moon.
Warning: Protect your eyes. Solar eclipses should be viewed using a solar-filtered telescope, eclipse glasses, or a pinhole projector.
- For exact time of eclipse start, maximum and end for each location, see Interactive Eclipse Path
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