It is being said that the upcoming complete eclipse of the sun will end prematurely. In fact, in all likelihood it will end before it even begins.
When the day that is Wednesday comes this week, the moon will come in front of the sun and temporarily block its light. It will be a total solar eclipse and the firmament over the Western Pacific and Southeast Asian region will be overcast with darkness.
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The strange thing is that the phenomenon will go in a manner of reverse phenomenology. It will start on March 9th and end on March 8th, according to NYTimes. This might seem virtually unbelievable but it is true.
The lunar shadow will engulf the Pacific region first and only later on cross the International Date Line. A total solar eclipse occurs when the umbra, which is the darkest part of the moon’s shadow, falls squarely on the surface of the earth.
The moon will cover the sun for approximately four minutes. After this, things will go back to normal. People in Borneo, Indonesia and Sulawesi will get a chance to see the eclipse between 7 am and 11 am.
The area where the eclipse will be extant is a narrow strip of territory that is 90 miles wide. The really exciting thing is that those who will get a chance to see this phenomenon which is called the totality will also get to see the edges of the sun.
This is known as the corona. The corona will look like a series of short and furious flames that will escape from the surface of the sun. This phenomenon is only possible in case of a total solar eclipse.
The people in Australia, South China and Southeast Asia as well as Hawaii and Alaska will get to view a partial eclipse. It will look like a giant dragon had taken a big bite out of the sun to the denizens of these areas.
Even if you happen to live in an area that will not have the eclipse over its skies, there is some comfort in knowing that there is a compensatory advantage to the cause for pessimism.
A live stream of the eclipse will take place online. As for the next solar eclipse, it will take place above the United States in August 2017.
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Such occurrences take place once every one to two years. They are opportunities for both amateur and professional stargazers to view the splendid sight with and without the aid of telescopes.