Total Solar Eclipse and Supermoon, March 8-9, 2016

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 12:52

A total eclipse of the sun will coincide with the year's first supermoon on 8-9 of March.

According to ISCA (Iran Student Correspondent Agency) , a solar eclipse will occur on March 9, 2016. It will begin with first contact at 23:19 UTC on March 8, 2016, and will reach its maximum point at 01:59 UTC on March 9, 2016. Totality - the phase at which the entire disk of the sun is obscured and only the solar corona is visible - will last for 4 minutes and 9 seconds. The total solar eclipse will be visible from parts of Indonesia including Sumatra, Borneo, and Sulawesi, and from locations in the Pacific Ocean. It will be visible as a partial eclipse in northern and eastern Australia, in South Asia, and in East Asia.

The eclipse will be webcasted live by the Slooh community observatory at http://main.slooh.com/event/total-solar-eclipse/ . The webcast will begin on March 8 at 6 p.m. EST (2300 GMT) and will stretch until 9 p.m. EST (0200 on March 9 GMT). NASA will also be covering the event at 8 p.m. EST (0100 on March 9 GMT) on NASA TV at http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv.

Coinciding with the eclipse will be the first of the six supermoons of 2016. A supermoon, also known as a perigee moon, is defined by astrologer Richard Nolle as "a new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth," and is particularly important because of the marked effect it has on the tides.

This particular new supermoon will not be observable unless viewers are in the right place to see the eclipse.

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