TSE 2016 in Ternate – Tidore

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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.

Ternate Tidore
Jalur totalitas yang akan mencakup Ternate, Tidore dan sebagian area Halmahera. Kredit: Xavier Jubier/Google Earth Pro

During Total Solar Eclipse 9 March 2016,  several cities in North Maluku will experience totality including Ternate and several islands such as Tidore, Mare, Moti, and Makian. The centerline is located between Moti and Makian. As the moon passes between the Sun and Earth, total darkness will come for 2 minute 35 seconds in Ternate and 2 minutes 59 seconds in Tidore.  Best location to view the eclipse from ternate, Tidore, Mare, Moti and Makian are from the east-southeast side of the islands.  The local government are aware of the eclipse and will prepare all the site that can be use to watch the totality, mostly from the beach. One thing to remember, Gamalama volcano in Ternate is actively erupts every few years.

If you want to have some venture in Halmahera, the largest island in North Maluku then some part of the island will also experience total eclipse while other part of Halmahera will experience partial eclipse. The advantage of observing the eclipse from Halmahera is you can reach the centerline as well as the northern and southern limit of the totality.

Contact times

1st Contact or Start of Partial Eclipse: 08:36:03.2 local time (WIT)
2nd Contact or Start of Total Eclipse: 09:51:44.6 local time (WIT)
Totality: 09:52:57.8 local time (WIT)
3rd Contact or End of Total Eclipse: 09:54:11.6 local time (WIT)
4th Contact or End of Partial Eclipse: 11:20:47.1 local time (WIT)

Arah timur dari Hotel Bela Internasional. Kredit: Avivah Yamani
Sunrise from Bela Internasional Hotel. Courtesy: Avivah Yamani
Arah Timur dari Benteng Tahula. Kredit: Avivah Yamani
Eastern Side of Tidore. Look at the sky. Courtesy: Avivah Yamani

Ternate can be reach by air or sea. There are several daily flight from Jakarta as well as other cities to Ternate. The route to Sultan Babullah Airport served by Garuda, Sriwijaya AirLion Air,  Sriwijaya Air, Wings Air, Express Air, Trigana Air.

The seaport in Ternate can be reach by ship and from Manado, there are daily ferry serving this route. From Ternate to Tidore and other islands, you can take the speedboat.

For accommodation, you can find it on Booking.com, Agoda and Indonesia.travel

Link for Ternate
Local government of Ternate : http://www.ternatekota.go.id/
Ternate Tourism Department: http://www.indonesia.travel/en/destination/483/ternate-and-tidore
WikiTravel: http://wikitravel.org/en/Ternate

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Avivah Yamani

astronomer. astronomy communicator by day. co-founder of langitselatan. new media practitioners. story teller and podcaster in the making. social media observer. web developer and web administrator by accident.

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