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During the afternoon of March 9, 2016, a total solar eclipse was visible in parts of Southeast Asia and a partial eclipse was visible in parts of Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, and America Samoa. An eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly between Earth and the sun. When the moon’s shadow falls on Earth, observers within that shadow see the moon block a portion of the sun’s light.
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image of the total solar eclipse moving across the South Pacific Ocean at 03:05 UTC on March 9, 2016.