The Total Solar Eclipse of 2016 in Pictures

March 2016 Total Solar Eclipse: 'Diamond Ring'

Slooh Community Observatory

The "diamond ring" effect is seen in this view of the March 8, 2016 total solar eclipse, which was captured by the Slooh Community Observatory.

March 2016 Solar Eclipse from India

Pratiti Nath

Pratiti Nath of Calcutta, India, captured this shot of a partial solar eclipse on March 9, 2016.

2016 Total Solar Eclipse Near Totality


The total solar eclipse of 2016 nears totality in this telescope view captured on March 9, 2016 from Woleai Island in Micronesia during a NASA webcast.

March 2016 Solar Eclipse from India (2)

Pratiti Nath

Another image of the March 9, 2016 partial solar eclipse taken by Pratiti Nath, of Calcutta, India.

Total Solar Eclipse of March 2016: Slooh View

Slooh Community Observatory

The moon blocks out the sun's disk over Indonesia on March 8, 2016 in this screengrab from an eclipse webcast by the online Slooh Community Observatory.

March 2016 Solar Eclipse from Malaysia

Doug Furtek

Doug Furtek captured this view of the solar eclipse at 8:38 a.m. local time in the Malaysian town of Tawau, which is on the island of Borneo.

March 2016 Total Solar Eclipse Path Image

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/E. Wright

This NASA graphic depicts the 100-mile-wide (160 kilometers) path of totality for the total solar eclipse of March 8, 2016 (which will actually occur on March 9 in Southeast Asia, which lies on the other side of the international date line).

How to Look at a Solar Eclipse Without Going Blind (Infographic)

Karl Tate, Contributor

You should never look directly at the sun, but there are ways to safely observe an eclipse. See how to safely observe a solar eclipse with this infographic.

Guide to Solar Eclipses (Infographic)

Karl Tate, Contributor

How Solar Eclipses Work: When the moon covers up the sun, skywatchers delight in the opportunity to see a rare spectacle. See how solar eclipses occur in this infographic.

2016 Total Solar Eclipse: Sun Coverage Map

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

This NASA graphic shows how much of the sun will be covered by the moon for parts of southeast Asia on March 9, 2016 during a total solar eclipse. Shown here is a total solar eclipse for southern Borneo at 0030 GMT, while nearby regions see a partial eclipse.

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