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Millions of people in Southeast Asia also had the chance to see a partial solar eclipse.

Retno Wulandari   10 March 2016 17:00

Brilio.net - Not everyone on Earth was so lucky to see the rare space event that occurred yesterday, but thank God, those who did took amazing photographs so the rest of the world could see how the magical moment was like.

On Wednesday, March 9 (local time), a total solar eclipse made its way across the sky over the Pacific Ocean and Indonesia is the only country it passed. But it didn’t prevent the people in the rest of Southeast Asia from taking great photos.

While the solar eclipse’s path of totality made its way over parts of Sumatra, Kalimantan (Borneo), Sulawesi and many kilometers of the ocean, millions of people in Southeast Asia also had the chance to see a partial solar eclipse.

A partial phase of the eclipse was also visible from western and northern Australia, as well as American Samoa, Hawaii, Alaska and other areas.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the Earth, temporarily blocking out the sunlight and casting a shadow on the Earth.

According to Indonesian mythology (traditional Javanese and Balinese), the God of underworld Batara Kala, who is also the God of time and destruction, swallowed the sun thus the eclipse occurs. He causes both solar and lunar eclipses, which are considered as sacred moments.

When this eclipse occurs, traditional Javanese villagers will try to save the Sun or Moon by offering sacrifices and banging lesung (traditional paddy crusher), to cause noise and make Batara Kala vomit. This is thought to release the Sun or Moon and stop the eclipse.

In the modern day, with appreciation to the myth and tradition, we’re lucky to see the solar eclipse without fear that we wouldn’t see the sun anymore. Armed with protective eyewear (to prevent serious damage to the eyes), all walks of life, including school children, fishermen, tourists, commuters to scientists raised their eyes to the sky the solar eclipse.

1. A partial solar eclipse preserved in an amazing shot taken from Banda Aceh, Indonesia.

Image by Chaideer Mahyudin 

2. A total solar eclipse captured over Ternate, Indonesia.

Image by Jeff Dai

3. A partial solar eclipse photo taken in the Prambanan Temple area in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Image by Slamet Riyadi

4. A partial solar eclipse is seen from the city of Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia.

Image by Ulet Ifansasti

5. An Indian fisherman devoted his prayer to a partial solar eclipse seen in the sky over the Bay of Bengal in Konark.

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6. Muslim women carried out an eclipse prayer during yesterday’s solar eclipse at a mosque in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Praying during both solar and lunar eclipse is a part of the sunnah in the rituals of Islam.

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7. A partial solar eclipse became a special background for the passenger in Singapore Flyer’s capsules.

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8. A total solar eclipse sweeps across Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Image by AP

9. Beautiful photo of partial solar eclipse “behind” Wilayah mosque in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Image by Manan Vatsyayana

10. A partial solar eclipse is seen above a road in the capital city of Naypyidaw, Myanmar.

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11. People were raising their heads toward the sky in the partial solar eclipse moment in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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12. A partial solar eclipse is seen in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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13. This man was watching the solar eclipse through an x-ray film in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Image by Dita Alangkara

14. An Air Asia passenger plane went across the sun as a partial solar eclipse occurs, as seen from Taguig city, east of Manila, Philippines.

Image by Bullit Marquez

15. A total solar eclipse is seen in Belitung, Indonesia.

Image by AP

16. A partial solar eclipse is seen from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Image by AP

17. A partial solar eclipse is seen from Hyderabad, India.

Image by AP

18. A partial solar eclipse is seen from the highway of Naypyitaw, Myanmar.

Image by AP

19. Kids were watching the partial solar eclipse at the National Planetarium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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20. A total solar eclipse is seen in Luwuk, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia.

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