Millions of people across Indonesia and the Central Pacific have witnessed a total solar eclipse. Because the eclipse path crossed the International Date Line, in the local time zones it began early on Wednesday, March 9, and ended late on Tuesday, March 8.
The Cosmos author, Jay M. Pasachoff, shares his view of totality from the south side of Ternate, in the Maluku Islands of eastern Indonesia:
“All the eclipse phenomena were visible: diamond ring, Baily’s beads, prominences (with a particularly bright prominence at the 9 o’clock position) and the corona, but through thin clouds.”
Different views of the eclipse provided the Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) on March 10, 11, and 12: wide angle view, looking down from NASA’s DISCOVR satellite, and a low-resolution flash spectrum.