As the eclipse reached totality, the Moon blocked all direct
sunlight, turning day into night.
In Indonesia’s Belitung province, a crowd gathered on a beach and
witnesses spoke of a "magical" experience.
The eclipse was total in Indonesia and the Central Pacific, while
parts of Australia and Asia experienced a partial one.
Astronomers reiterated advice not to look directly at the Sun
with the naked eye, or through a telescope. Experts recommended using
either a professional solar filter in front of a telescope or camera, or
special eclipse-viewing glasses.
People watch the solar eclipse on Olivier beach, Belitung
Cambodia was among the Asian countries that saw a partial eclipse
Viewers were advised to wear special glasses before looking at
In Indonesia, crowds gathered at viewing points to witness the
eclipse as it happened
What was the eclipse like? Ging Ginanjar, BBC Indonesian
日食究竟是怎樣的呢？BBC駐印尼記者 Ging Ginanjar報道。
Belitung, Indonesia, was one of the best places to view the total
From before dawn, about 200 people gathered at Olivier beach to
watch. About 30 foreigners were in the crowd, travelling from Australia
and Europe to see it.
One of them was Wilma from Holland, who is a solar eclipse hunter
and has seen the solar eclipse five times. She said that when the
eclipse started an overwhelming feeling of peace came over her and she
heard no sounds. It was a magical experience she said.
When the solar eclipse started the crowd cheered and then went
silent in awe. People were taking photos while others just watched in
amazement. Then when it finished people clapped quietly. It was an
incredible experience, our correspondent said.
Skywatchers in southern China, south-east Asia, Australia, Hawaii
and Alaska experienced a partial eclipse when the Moon’s penumbra - the
outer region of the shadow - catches them. This looks as if a chunk of
the Sun has been blacked out.
For eclipse watchers outside these regions, a number of astronomy
institutes hostedlive streams of the event.
What are scientists looking for?
Scientists at Nasa said they planned to use the event to study
From Indonesia, they will use an instrument called a polarization
camera to capture 59 exposures of the Sun in just over three minutes,
collecting data on the innermost parts of the sun’s volatile,
This region can only be observed during total solar eclipses when
the Sun’s bright face is completely blocked by the Moon.
The lower part of the sun’s atmosphere, the corona, is thought to
hold the keys to several solar mysteries, including the birth of
explosive clouds of solar material called coronal mass ejections and the
mystery of why the corona is actually hotter than the surface.