27 Sep Full Solar Eclipse in Indonesia
Being a country that lies in the equator, Indonesia is a tropical country and it has advantages such as witnessing a rare natural phenomenon: the full solar eclipse occurring on March 9, 2016. A solar eclipse occurs when the sun is covered by the moon. This happens when the sun, moon and earth are in a straight line. In the sky, the sun and the moon seem to have almost identical dimensions. So there are times when the entire sun seems to be covered perfectly by the moon, and that is when a full solar eclipse occurs.
The full solar eclipse is an interesting phenomenon. Many people who aren’t even astronomy enthusiasts go to places of the eclipse pathways to personally witness the phenomenon. In 2016, Indonesia has been extremely fortunate because some of its territories are part of its pathway.
Cities that were able to cherish this natural wonder are Palembang, Belitung, Bangka, Sampit, Palangkaraya, Balikpapan, Palu, Poso, Luwuk, Ternate and Halmahera. This phenomenon which occurs only once every 350 years has triggered the Indonesian government to prepare itself in welcoming foreign visitors who want to witness it. The Indonesian society who want to see the full solar eclipse also felt this enthusiasm.
From early morning, crowds of people gathered in open spaces while wearing special glasses to see the full solar eclipse. Prior to that, there were also collective eclipse prayers held for Muslims. The full solar eclipse also occurred on the same day as the Silence Day celebrated by Hindu followers. Many astronomers have predicted that an eclipse will occur again in 2023.
With such solar eclipse, this is Indonesia’s chance to introduce its tourist attractions to foreign visitors and encourage its scientists to conduct research on solar physics and general physics.