It passes over Indonesia, who experienced a total solar eclipse, as well Malaysia and large parts of Southeast Asia and Australia Starting around 7.30pm, the peak of the eclipse will be visible at around 8.04pm in London, at 7.58pm in Edinburgh and at 8.05pm in Cardiff. While only a partial eclipse in the UK, viewers in the United States will get to see a more impressive total solar eclipse.
The partial eclipse can only take place at New Moon, as this is when the Moon passes directly between the Earth and the Sun.
This reveals the 'pearly white halo' of the sun's corona – its outer atmosphere, which is invisible to the naked eye at all other times.
For this phenomenon to take place, the moon and the sun must be perfectly aligned, allowing the moon to appear as though it's the exact size of the sun.'A total eclipse is a dance with three partners: the moon, the sun and Earth,' said Richard Vondrak, a lunar scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.'It can only happen when there is an exquisite alignment of the moon and the sun in our sky.'According to eclipse chaser Michael Aisner, the math of this actually taking place is 'boggling.''The moon is 400 times smaller in diameter than the sun, and the sun is 400 times further away,' he explained in an eclipse-viewing tip list shared with 'Bingo – a perfect fit even though the sun is 100 million miles farther away than the moon.'The video, posted on astronomer Scott Manley's You Tube channel, begins with the terminator line between night and day visible in the east.
Dawn breaks and the sun's rays spread over most of one side of the planet, on March 9, 2016, just before the eclipse begins.