How to watch tonight’s total solar eclipse

Posted at 4:03 PM, Mar 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-08 16:03:03-05

You might not be able to catch tonight’s total solar eclipse in person, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out.

According to NASA, the moon will black out the sun over Indonesia’s main western island of Sumatra, before moving across Sulawesi and Borneo, and then over to the Maluku Islands around 8:20 p.m. ET.

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.

Viewers will be treated to a beautiful halo effect as the earth, sun and moon align. The solar event happens only once a year because the sun and moon do not orbit on the same plane.

If you want to watch a live stream of the solar eclipse, NASA will be streaming it live starting at 8 p.m. ET.

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Here are some other celestial events coming up later this year:

March 22, 2016

Atlas V launch

The Atlas V launch of Orbital ATK’s Cygnus cargo craft will take place at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. There will be a 30-minute window for the rocket to launch.

April 22, 2016

Lyrids meteor shower

The Lyrids meteor shower will light up the sky with 10 to 20 meteors per hour in April, peaking near the end of the month. This meteor shower typically leaves glowing dust trains, or streaks across Earth’s atmosphere that last for several minutes before disappearing into the sky.

The best place to see this event is in the Northern Hemisphere, away from cities that cause light pollution. The Lyrids have been observed for about 2,700 years, making it one of the oldest meteor showers to be seen by man.

May 4 through 6, 2016

Eta Aquarids meteor shower

The Eta Aquarids meteor shower will peak on May 5, during the daylight hours in the United States. However, there will still be opportunities to watch the speedy meteors during the early morning hours of April 4-6 in the northern and southern hemispheres.

These meteors are known to travel about 148,000 mph into Earth’s atmosphere. The fast Eta Aquarids meteors also can leave trains.

June 20, 2016

Summer solstice

The Northern Hemisphere will experience the longest day of the year, marking the beginning of summer, on June 20. The sun will reach its most northerly point on that date, directly overhead at the Tropic of Cancer. Some cultures celebrate the occasion by hosting bonfires, holding outdoor picnics or visiting places like Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England.

August 12, 2016

Perseid meteor shower

The annual Perseids, known for being one of the brightest meteor showers, will happen toward the end of summer and will be visible throughout the Northern Hemisphere. From late July through much of August, stargazers will see the brightest meteors before dawn. But the best meteor watching will happen from midnight to dawn on August 12, with 100 meteors expected to visible per hour.