Views of the Total Solar Eclipse
Crowds across Southeast Asia and the west Pacific gathered on Wednesday to witness the total solar eclipse. Thousands more from around the world tuned in to livestreams and watched as the distant daytime skies darkened.
Those who viewed the event from places like Indonesia or Micronesia saw the moon completely engulf the sun — a moment known as totality — and caught a rare glimpse of the star’s roaring corona. They also saw what looked like a “diamond ring” when light from the sun flickered from behind the moon in the seconds before and after totality.
When the moon’s shadow swept across the Pacific Ocean, it also created partial eclipses visible from India, Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Myanmar and other South and Southeast Asian countries.