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Are you getting tired of cold winter weather across the Northern Hemisphere and like to see a solar eclipse? Head to Indonesia for the morning of March 9!
Video of eclipse path via Space.com
On March 9, the first total solar eclipse in about a year will occur. It will be visible across the western and central Pacific.
It will largely occur over the open ocean, but some land areas where the eclipse is visible include Indonesia, specially the islands of Sumatra, Boreneo and Sulawesi. There are a number of small islands in the western Pacific where it can be seen as well.
Palembang, Indonesia, is one city that will have a total eclipse. The average high temperature on March 9 is 89 degrees Fahrenheit. The average low temperature is 74. And, you can bet there will be a ton of humidity with average dew point temperatures in the middle 70s.
However, it is a very wet spot, as is the rest of Indonesia, in the path of the eclipse. The average rainfall in Palembang is about 12 inches per month this time of year. El Nino has kept the area drier than average, and that trend probably continues into early March. Read more details in the Accuweather.com spring forecast for Asia
I love what timeanddate.com does with the eclipse information. They give you a minute-by-minute view of how the eclipse will look there. This site has all kinds of astronomical information for any specific location on the globe, so check it out. Here is what they are showing for the Palembang eclipse on March 9.
The next solar eclipse, after March 9, will be the coast-to-coast extravaganza in the USA in August of 2017. This will be the first total eclipse in the lower 48 since 1979!
Path of 2017 total solar eclipse
This will be the first coast to coast total solar eclipse since 1918! So nearly 100 years ago!
This will be the last coast-to-coast total eclipse in the contiguous 48 states until 2045, when an eclipse will be visible from California to Florida. Make sure you see this one! Thanks for reading! Just look up, you never know what you will see.
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