The Black Diamond Ring: Total Solar Eclipse Stuns Asia

The next total solar eclipse is set for August 2017, and will be seen across a narrow corridor of the U.S.

Nasa are hosting a webcast from 1am GMT featuring live views of the eclipse from Micronesia and expert commentary provided by scientists.

People gazed at the sky in wonder and cheered while others knelt in prayer as a total eclipse of the sun unfolded over Indonesia on Wednesday.

The eclipse is expected to be at its best on the island of Sulawesi, near Borneo but it will also be partially visible in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hawaii and northern Australia.

The moon completely blocked the sun during the celestial spectacle, which NASA says happens about once a year on Earth. But not all of these are total eclipses; sometimes, the sun-moon alignment isn't flawless, and a partial eclipse - in which the moon appears to take a bite out of Earth's star - is the result.

Those lucky enough to view the solar eclipse in person are warned to not look directly at the sun as it can cause serious eye damage.

While the per cent of obscuration in India is ranging between 8 to 49 per cent, the Hyderabadis would be able to see only 12 per cent of Sun disk being covered by Moon between 6.29 am and 6.47 am.

In the capital, Jakarta, hundreds of residents and school children flocked to city's planetarium where special viewing glasses were handed out to see the partial eclipse. A partial eclipse, more frequent than total eclipses, is when the earth passes within the penumbra of the moon.

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