A total solar eclipse on March 9, 2016, occurred in Indonesia. Unfortunately, the eclipse is visible only as a partial eclipse from Tuban, East Java, Indonesia. Accordingly, the occultation in Tuban was 85% at maximum. That’s enough to still turn the day into twilight and to get a great experience of a total solar eclipse.
In fact, the eclipse starts in East Indonesia at sunrise over Sumatra. The end was at sunset north of the Hawaiian Islands. However, the last eclipse I could follow was from Khartoum, Sudan. It was the annular solar eclipse on January 15, 2010.
The shaded area began in the West Indian Ocean and ends in the North Pacific finally. When in the west the day began, the day in the east was already over and it became night.
Almost all islands of Indonesia like Sumatra, Kalimantan, and Sulawesi will experience the totality on this day. A few islands in Micronesia will experience the totality on this day as well. So far, on Java Island and the rest of Southeast Asia, Malaysia and Japan will experience a partial solar eclipse only. Moreover, most of Australia, Hawaii, and western Alaska will experience a partial solar eclipse as well.
Fortunately, March 9, 2016, was a holiday in Indonesia. So, Indonesia could follow the occurrence on an off day. The eclipse occurred in the morning time. I worried about a clear sky and a good view. Because in March the rainy season in East Java is not yet over and the weather prediction wasn’t good. Indeed, I hope to have a lot of luck with the weather on this day.
The sunrise started in a clear and unclouded sky. Slowly but surly, the moon moved in front of the sun. Until the maximum occultation the daylight changed like during a sunset. While the day turned to night, the birds stopped chirping during the twilight time. Later on the daylight changed again, but now like during a sunrise. Unfortunately, in the last 40 minutes of the eclipse, the sky becomes quickly cloudy and the view unsettled. Overall an exciting moment definitively, with a spectacular eclipse.
Total solar eclipse March 9, 2016
Common information (Time = UT):
Maximum phase: 1.046
The beginning of the partial eclipse: 23h 19m 6s
The beginning of the total eclipse: 0h 15m 41s
Maximum phase: 1h 56m 57s
Ending of the total eclipse: 3h 38m 8s
Ending of the partial eclipse: 4h 34m 39s
Longitude: 148° 51.6′ E; Latitude: 10° 6.6′ N
ET-UT = +8
Local circumstances (Time = UT + 7.0h):
9. March 2016 AD
Maximum phase: 0.875
The beginning of the partial eclipse: 6h 20m 53s
Maximum phase: 7h 25m 9s
Ending of the partial eclipse: 8h 38m 35s
The beginning of the partial eclipse: 260.1°
Ending of the partial eclipse: 60.7°