A magnificent Indonesian total solar eclipse!

Design from front side of t-shirt which are are printing for the eclipse

Michael Zeiler & Polly White

We enjoyed a spectacular total solar eclipse in the Makassar Strait between Borneo and Sulawesi this past March 9th. It was the last total solar eclipse before the coming eclipse over America on August 21, 2017. 

This eclipse passed over the Indonesian islands of Sumatra, Borneo, Sulawesi, Ternate, Tidore, Halmahera, and other smaller islands. The eclipse also passed over several atolls of Micronesia before sweeping over much of the Pacific Ocean. 

Eclipse tourists were  mainly concentrated on the islands of Bangka, Belitung, Sulawesi, Ternate, Tidore, Halmahera, and smaller islands in their vicinity. Several ships were also positioned for the eclipse, the largest of which was the Holland America Volendam. 

Eclipse weather results were mixed. Indonesia has high humidity and considerable tropical cloudiness; the western half of Indonesia has a generally wetter climate than the eastern half. But the outcome on eclipse day was somewhat the reverse; most groups in the west enjoyed clear or partly clear skies and those in the eastern islands around Halmahera suffered under significant clouds and those who did see the eclipse saw it only through thin clouds. This outcome was reminiscent of the November 2013 eclipse in Africa when again the outcome defied the climatological expectations. 

Enjoy these maps, videos, and images from eclipse day. This was the 8th total solar eclipse for Michael and the 4th total solar eclipse for Polly.

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Map of the voyage of the volendam and eclipse path

Hemispheric view of the eclipse

This eclipse is a member of Saros cycle 130

The two videos below capture the excitement as viewed by Mike Kentrianakis from an Alaska Airlines flight from Alaska to Hawaii which was diverted to intercept the eclipse and videographer Nelson Quan's proposal to his bride-to-be during the eclipse. 

You can't help but get excited when you fly with us and see a solar eclipse. We adjusted Flight #870 from Anchorage to Honolulu on March 8, 2016 just so our passengers could catch the solar eclipse from 35,000 feet.
Marriage proposal of award winning director, Nelson Quan, under the total solar eclipse of 2016 in North Mamuju, Indonesia.

The eclipse early in the morning in the Makassar Strait. Polly took a quick set of photos with her iPhone which have been stitched together to give an impression of the sky's appearance during the eclipse.

Composite panorama of 6 iphone photos quickly taken during the eclipse

Wide angle view of the eclipse by Michael Zeiler

Wide angle view of the eclipse by Michael Zeiler

These are scenes from eclipse day, March 9 2016, on board the Holland America Volendam in the Makassar Strait. Over 1200 passengers enjoyed a splendid view of the Sun's corona as well as many of the ship's crew. 

One of the real pleasures of eclipse travel is the opportunity to see exotic and interesting places on our beautiful planet. These are scenes from Singapore and Indonesia.

Polly and her doppelganger with the singapore skyline

Lake Batur inside the caldera of Batur volcano on the island of bali

More scenes from our trip including Borobodur, Bali, and Singapore.