Prayers, cheers as total eclipse darkens swath of Asia

This photo combo shows the moon passing in front of the sun (top left to bottom right) during a total solar eclipse in the city of Ternate, in Indonesia's Maluku Islands yesterday. One veteran astrophotographer, Justin Ng of Singapore, put together an awesome collage of eclipse phases (below) from photographs he took in Palu, Indonesia, while leading a team of eight first-time eclipse photographers.

The eclipse, which was captured on time-lapse video and shared on Facebook by NASA, caused the morning sky over Indonesia and other parts of southeast Asia to briefly go dark Wednesday morning as the moon passed between the sun and the earth. On August 21, 2017, just over 17 months from now, a similar total solar eclipse will pass directly over the United States. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon gets between Earth and the sun, and the moon casts a shadow over Earth.

Today's have you seen this takes us to the sky.

"The sun totally disappeared".

A partial eclipse is seen in Kathmandu on March 9, 2016. Some regions of Alaska and Yukon territory may be able to see the very end of the partial eclipse, close to sunset on the 8th. Instead, it recommends using solar-filtered telescopes, eclipse glasses or pinhole projectors.

The total eclipse swept across 12 out of 34 provinces in Indonesia, which stretches about 3,000 miles (5,000 kilometers) from east to west, before heading across the Pacific.

Birds appeared confused and disorientated as darkness fell again shortly after dawn.

A partial solar eclipse is seen in Hyderabad, India, Wednesday, March 9, 2016.

The eclipse was also partially visible in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hawaii and northern Australia, NASA said. The moon blacked out the sun in totality over Indonesia's main western island of Sumatra, before moving eastwards across Sulawesi and Borneo, and then over to the Maluku Islands.

The flight departure was initially 25 minutes too early to catch the eclipse's best views, but the airline chose to move the flight time to accommodate viewers of the phenomenon.

The partial eclipse will commence at 23:19 GMT and the total eclipse at 00:15 GMT, with the moment of maximum shadow at 01:59 GMT.

Wright reported from Jakarta.

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