Author: Avivah Yamani
2016 Indonesia Total Solar Eclipse Astronomy Volunteer Outreach Program
Are you traveling to Indonesia to observe the total solar eclipse on March 9, 2016?
Will you be at Ternate (one of the best observation sites)?
Infographics: 9 March 2016 Total Solar Eclipse Path
Indonesia will experience solar eclipse on March 9th, 2016. The whole country will have the chance to witnesses Partial Solar Eclipse while several cities in 11 province will be able to watch the totality. The path of totality will start from Sumatera and end its journey in Pacific Ocean.
Infographics: How to Observe the Solar Eclipse?
On March 9th, 2016, we will have the opportunity to view the solar eclipse, either partial solar eclipse or totality.
Infographics: Solar Eclipse
On March 9th, 2016, Indonesia will experience once in a lifetime events for people who lives in this country.
TSE 2016 in Jailolo
Jailolo, a capital of West Halmahera regency in North Maluku. It is a small port that serves Halmahera’s northwestern coastal villages.
TSE 2016 in Kao
North Maluku will become an eclipse destination 2016. Aside then Ternate, Tidore and also Maba, you can also choose a few other cities. One of them is Kao, a small coastal town on the eastern Indonesian island of Halmahera. It is located in the North Halmahera Regency, part of the province of North Maluku.
How Often Do Eclipses Occur?
Solar eclipse occurs when Sun – Earth – Moon are in alignment or when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth. Solar eclipse occurs during the new moon phase the same as Lunar eclipse always occurs during full moon. But not every new moon or full moon, eclipses will occur. Why is that?
A solar eclipse occur when the Sun – Moon – Earth in alignment and the shadow of the moon casts a shadow over Earth.
TSE 2016: Where & When
In 2016, there are 5 eclipse consist of 3 Penumbral Lunar Eclipse and 2 Solar Eclipse which is total eclipse and annular eclipse. The first one in eclipse season will be Total Solar Eclipse on 9 March 2016.
How to Safely Observe the Solar Eclipse
Total Solar Eclipse is one of the most interesting natural phenomenon to see. By the time the moon passes between the Sun and Earth, the splendor and beauty of the corona will amaze you. But the change from brightness to darkness will also raise curiosity from the public. It will attract people to look up and see what actually happened and why the sun suddenly disappear.
Climate Characteristics in Palangkaraya, Balikpapan, Belitung, Ternate
As a tropical country, climate in Indonesia is a challenge for astronomer, and it will become significant for the Total Solar Eclipse next year.
Weather Prospects in March
Next year, Indonesia will experiences the solar eclipse on March 9 even though only some part of the country will experience the totality. It is a great opportunity for Indonesia, as the only land base observation. Well, if someone wants to try the Woleai atoll then there is another land base from Micronesia to view the totality.
TSE 2016 in Ternate – Tidore
The best view for Total Solar Eclipse 2016 will be from North Maluku as weather prospect is better comparing to Sulawesi, Borneo or Sumatera. Ternate will become the first gate to reach this province either by air or sea. From here you can choose to stay and watch the eclipse from Ternate or moving to another city such as Jailolo, Tidore, Kao, Buli, Sofifi or Maba.
TSE 2016 in Maba & Buli
During the Total Solar Eclipse 9 March 2016, Halmahera, the largest island in North Maluku will be the best place for viewing the totality as it will have the longest duration and the best weather prospects. Maba, the city in East Halmahera will be the perfect choice for totality as the centerline will pass through this city. And this is the last land base location for viewing the totality from Indonesia. The next one is Woleai atoll in Micronesia.