The spectacular natural phenomenon takes place on March 8-9.
A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon gets between Earth and the sun, and the moon casts the darkest part of its shadow (the umbra) on Earth. A solar eclipse can only take place at the phase of new moon, when the moon passes directly between the sun and Earth and its shadows fall upon Earth’s surface.
This year’s solar eclipse will begin at 23.20 hrs(UTC) on March 8 with the maximum point of the eclipse occurring at 02.00hrs(UTC) on March 9. The eclipse will last for four minutes and nine seconds.
The total solar eclipse will be visible from Sumatra, Borneo, Sulawesi and from locations in the Pacific Ocean. The phenomenon will be partial for people in South and East Asia and northern and eastern Australia.