Supermoon Eclipse from your home! The total solar eclipse is set to coincide with a supermoon, which means we are in for a real treat on March 8. Now NASA has announced that it will be providing a live stream of the event.
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Supermoon Eclipse – Total solar eclipse to be visible in Southeast Asia
For those of you reading in Indonesia, you will experience the total solar eclipse in real life. Things will get dark and it will appear as though dusk has fallen, although it will last only a few minutes.
If you are in the path of the partial eclipse, the degree to which daylight will dim depends on the percentage of the sun which will be obscured by the moon. For example at 5.37pm local time, 63% of the sun will be obscured in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The extent of the eclipse, how long it lasts and where you can see it depends on how close the moon is to the Earth and how evenly the two line up with the sun. Even if you are underneath the path of the eclipse, getting a good view of it depends on the weather.
Watch NASA stream online if you can’t get plane tickets in time
If you are not in Indonesia, NASA has a solution for you. Tune into the space agency’s live broadcast from 7 p.m. Eastern/6 p.m. Central time.
Alternatively watch online at Space.com, which will be transmitting feeds from Slooh observatory starting at 6 p.m. Eastern/5 p.m. Central. Webcasts are the way forward if you are worried about safety.
Looking at the solar eclipse with the naked eye can cause retinal damage due to the intensity of the ultraviolet rays. NASA recommends using a projector if you are lucky enough to be able to see the eclipse with your own eyes.
The space agency says that you should use an inverted pair of binoculars to project the eclipse onto a white surface. Time and Date.com has published instructions on how to make a pinhole projector.
Supermoon Eclipse – When will U.S. residents be able to see a solar eclipse?
For those situated in the continental U.S. the next visible solar eclipse will occur on August 21 2017. The path of the eclipse will run from Oregon southeast through Tennessee and northeastern Georgia, before passing out to sea in South Carolina.
For keen stargazers there are a number of interesting events coming up. The first is the Eta Aquarids meteor shower, which will take place on May 6.
Many of the meteor showers of the year will be rendered almost invisible by the light of the moon, but Eta Aquarids should be highly visible. Three days later skywatchers will be able to see Mercury move across the sun for the first time in 10 years.
On August 27 Venus and Jupiter will have a close meeting around sunset. The two brightest celestial objects after the sun and the moon will appear to come very close together.
On September 28 there will be a great photo opportunity as Mars passes across one of the most famous clouds of interplanetary dust, the Lagoon nebula. The two bodies will look as though they are less than 1 degree apart, making framing photos easy.
It’s going to be a busy year for stargazers, although U.S. residents will have to watch tonight’s eclipse online through either NASA or Space.com.