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Web Extra: Sky Guide 2016

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After a great year for total eclipses in 2015, the pace slows considerably once the calendar turns to 2016. The new year offers only one shot at totality, but what an opportunity it is — on March 9, the Moon completely blocks the Sun’s disk from view along a narrow track that cuts across Indonesia and the surrounding waters.

If you’re seeking a land-based adventure, the center line passes through Sumatra, Borneo, and Sulawesi. Many visitors will opt for experiencing the event from a cruise ship, however, because they can remain mobile to find a clear spot. Totality lasts from about one minute at the western end of the islands to more than three minutes at the east end. Maximum eclipse occurs much farther east in the Pacific and brings 4 minutes and 9 seconds of darkness.

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