Total Solar Eclipse Thrills Indonesia, Partial Eclipse Observed in Australia
Total solar eclipse was observed across South East Asian nation of Indonesia. Not just the whole country, people across the world were excited and watched as the powerful sun was left looking impotent and completely shadowed by the moon.
The solar eclipsed happened early in the morning in this devout Muslim nation of more than 200 million people. Prayers were organized in most of the mosques from Jakarta to Bali and almost every part of the nation. Muslims offer a very long prayer during the solar eclipse. This prayer is called Salatul Kusuf.
Besides the devout Muslims, young and old alike were seen using binoculars and other aids to watch the spectacle being awaited for the last several weeks.
It must be kept in mind that the solar eclipse was observed in much of Asia. But the total solar eclipse was limited to just a few other nations besides Indonesia.
As the reports suggest the moon began to move between the Earth and sun at 6:19 am (2319 GMT Tuesday), and about an hour later a total eclipse became visible in western parts of the country. The sun then went entirely dark in a broad arc right across the world’s biggest archipelago nation, which straddles three time zones, before the eclipse swept out across the Pacific Ocean.
In the meantime Australians also enjoyed solar eclipse. But it was partial and not total. In the meantime tens of thousands of foreign and Indonesian tourists flocked to the best viewing spots, and special events were organised, from a festival to fun runs and dragon boat races.
Though the solar eclipse was rather very long as it lasted around three hours in Indonesia, the total eclipse was visible for between just one and a half and three minutes, depending on location. The best part of the solar eclipse was the fact that the weather stayed clear in many popular viewing spots, although clouds obscured views in some places.