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Total solar eclipse captivates crowds across Asia

Publish Time 2016-03-09 13:49:00


Crowds across Asia were treated to stunning views of a total solar eclipse on Wednesday morning.

Those in Indonesia had the best vantage point. The moon blacked out the sun in totality over Indonesia's main western island of Sumatra, before moving eastwards across Sulawesi and Borneo, and then over to the Maluku Islands.

The eclipse was also partially visible in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hawaii and northern Australia, NASA said.

The phenomenon, which occurs when the moon moves directly between the earth and sun, was first visible in Western Indonesia at 6:20 AM Wednesday, March 9 local time (5:20 p.m. ET Tuesday, March 8).

By dawn, a few thousand residents of Jakarta had flocked to the city's planetarium on Wednesday to view the total solar eclipse, CNN reports.

Long lines snaked through the compound, as volunteers distributed special viewing glasses. Families, many with small children, and groups of friends lined up as early as 2 a.m.


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