Indonesia will offer the best locations to watch the spectacular solar eclipse on 9 March 2016 when its shadow sweeps across this archipelago from west to east. Space watchers, amateur and professional astronomers should note the cities where the total solar eclipse can be best observed.

cities where this rare phenomenon can be clearly viewed are (from west to east) in Palembang, South Sumatra, where it can be viewed for 1 minute and 52 seconds, moving east to the island of Bangka where it is visible for 2 minutes, 8 seconds, the island of Belitung (2 minutes and 10 seconds). Next Sampit (2 minutes, 8 seconds) and Palangkaraya (both in Central Kalimantan) for 2 minutes and 29 seconds, Balikpapan in East Kalimantan (1 minute and 9 seconds), Luwuk (2 minutes and 50 seconds), Poso in Central Sulawesi (2 minutes and 40 seconds), Palu (2 minutes, 4 seconds), Ternate (2 minutes 39 seconds) and Halmahera in North Moluccas (2 minutes 36 seconds).