Total solar eclipse to happen in March

eclipse July 11, 2010 Eclipse Image. Credits Williams College Eclipse Expedition - Jay M. Pasachoff, Muzhou Lu, and Craig Malamut
(Image by Williams College Eclipse Expedition – Jay M. Pasachoff, Muzhou Lu, and Craig Malamut)

Busy on March 8th and 9th? Well, clear your schedule, my nerdy friends. We’re getting a full-on, spectacular solar eclipse and you’re not going to want to miss it.

Unfortunately, if you’re not in Indonesia, Sumatra, Borneo, Sulawesi and various other locations around the Pacific Ocean, you won’t get to see it at its best. That doesn’t mean you won’t see it! It’ll be starting in Indonesia and end in the Northern Pacific.

If you’re not in any of those places, then don’t worry. If you live in Australia, or South and East Asia, you’ll be able to see it partially.

In total, the entire occurrence will happen for about 4 minutes and 9 seconds. Not long, but long enough for you to catch a glimpse of this beauty.

Don’t know how a solar eclipse works? Allow me to explain.

Explanation of a solar eclipse //

They only happen when the sun is close to ascending / descending from the node of the moon. The moon gets in between the sun and the Earth, creating a massive shadow for us. Although they are not common, they’re also not rare. They’ve been happening for an insane amount of time, and it’s predicted that from 2000 BCE to 3000 CE (that’s from 20th century BC to the 30th century), we’ve will have nearly 11,898 total solar eclipses. That may seem like a big number, but we also have to remember the amount of time between the centuries!

There are four types of solar eclipses: partial, annular, total, and hybrid – all casting different types of shadows on our planet. For this upcoming month, it’ll be a total – meaning that the moon’s umbral shadow will be cast! How exciting.

So if you have the chance to see it in full, I highly recommend you get out and look! For those of us who don’t have that privilege, without a doubt will there be some videos and live streams of it happening. Although it isn’t the real thing, I’ll take it!

Be sure to remember to go outside and watch on March 8th and 9th!

Wanna know more about solar eclipses? Check out this link and this link.

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