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A total solar eclipse is coming on March 8-9 – here’s what you need to know


As anyone who’s ever read Tintin will know, total solar eclipses are so freaking cool, and depending on where you are in the world next week, you’ll get to experience the dark shadow cast by the Moon passing exactly between the Sun and Earth in the early hours of March 8 to 9.

If you’re due to be sacrificed to the Incan Sun God, it might be a good idea to schedule it for then. “You notice something off about the sunlight as you reach totality,” says Sarah Jaeggli, a space scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre. “Your surroundings take on a twilight cast, even though it’s daytime and the sky is still blue.”

Unfortunately for most of us, experiencing the full effect of a total solar eclipse will not be possible, thanks to where we are in the world, but if you happen to be in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Borneo, or the middle of the Pacific Ocean, you’re in luck.

The eclipse will begin shortly after 6pm (AEST) over Indonesia and then move northeastwards for the next 3 or so hours over Borneo and then out over the Pacific Ocean.

The path the total solar eclipse will take is known as the path of totality, and it will cover an area of just 14,162 km (8,800 miles) long and 156 km (97 miles) wide at its widest point. Each place on the path of totality will experience darkness for 1.5 to 4 minutes.

“Though only people along the narrow path of totality will see the total eclipse, millions more will see some degree of a


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