Millions across the Pacific flock to see the only solar eclipse of 2016

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Thousands of tourists and astronomy enthusiasts flocked to Indonesia to catch the country's first solar eclipse in nearly 33 years.

Thousands of tourists and astronomy enthusiasts flocked to Indonesia to catch the country's first solar eclipse in nearly 33 years.

The total solar eclipse was visible from parts of Indonesia including Sumatra, Borneo, and Sulawesi, and from locations in the Pacific Ocean.

Observers in northern and eastern Australia, in South Asia, and in East Asia were able to see a partial eclipse, according to timeanddate.com.
The eclipse began at 23:19 UTC on March 8, 2016, and its maximum point took place at 01:59 UTC on March 9, 2016. Totality last for 4 minutes and 9 seconds.

The phenomenon has brought tourists flooding to Indonesia, but only some parts of the country got to see the sun totally eclipsed by the moon, which happened almost immediately after the sun rise.
Because the moon's shadow crosses the international date line, it appeared in the afternoon of the 8th in some regions, despite being visible from the morning of the 9th in others.

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