But by then, we were long gone. Astronomy magazine’s travel partner, TravelQuest, chartered a plane to take us to Sulawesi, where tomorrow we will see the Moon pass directly in front of the Sun. After an afternoon to unwind, eclipse meteorologist Jay Anderson and I gave talks describing what people can expect to see during tomorrow morning’s eclipse. Jay says the weather pattern remains favorable, and we probably have a better than 50-50 chance of seeing totality. We all went to bed with that thought in our heads, awaiting a 4 a.m. wakeup call designed to get us to our observing site in time for first contact.
Today, March 8, was a day to prepare for tomorrow’s total solar eclipse. (The eclipse occurs the morning of March 9 local time). During our morning drive to the airport in Bali, we passed though a phalanx of ogoh-ogoh. These demonic effigies were to be paraded through the village streets tonight, the eve of the Balinese Hindu New Year, Nyepi, and then burned.