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Published on January 6, 2015

Although astronomers have confirmed that only a small number of cities in Indonesia lie on the path of the 2016 total solar eclipse, however,  the opportunity to observe parts  of this phenomenon can be experienced in  most parts of the Indonesian Archipelago. Those who cannot make it to PaluTernate, or  other cities where are the best views of the total solar eclipse, one can still enjoy it   in other areas such as in Bali and Bandung.

“The entire Indonesian Archipelago will see the umbra (the innermost and darkest part of a shadow) and penumbra (the region where some or all of the light source is obscured) of the eclipse.  I’ve heard that many tourists have already planned to observe the total solar eclipse in Bali due to better transportation and accommodation facilities. In Bali, the total solar eclipse is at 80%”explained Avivah Yamani, founder of the  astronomy community Langit Selatan.

When the eclipse occurs, the reflection of the moon will create two parts of the shadow called umbra and penumbra. Umbra is a dark and cone shaped part of the shadow, while the penumbra is a lighter part of the shadow that  grows wider as the moon   moves further away from the sun. Regions covered by the umbra area can observe  the total eclipse, while those covered by  the penumbra will experience a partial eclipse. Detailed information on  the duration and types of eclipse that can be observed in the cities across  the Indonesian archipelago is available here.

Aviva further explained that tourists who wish to enjoy the phenomenon can travel  to  alternative cities to observe the partial solar eclipse. However astrographs and astronomy enthusiasts will likely wish to  observe and capture these special  moments in the cities that experience the total solar eclipse.

To properly observe and enjoy the solar eclipse, it is best if one is  accompanied by astronomers. Since aside from being properly  guided, tourists will also gain accurate information on all occurrences in this  spectacular phenomenon.

“It would be best if the Ministry of Tourism can provide booklets on the eclipse and identify  cities where this  can be  observed. The information can also include interesting destinations around observation points, how best conduct the  observation, weather information, and also how to create simple tools to observe the eclipse. This is truly a perfect opportunity to globally promote Indonesia’s tourism” commented Avivah.

Tour packages can also be arranged by combining trips to nearby cities and destinations. According to Aviviah, after observing the solar eclipse, tourists can conduct other astronomical activities such as  night sky observation.

“Japan and Australia are two countries that have  successfully promoted  their tourist destinations and attractions  during an  eclipse. They have also broadcast the event live. We are prepared to help,  in order that this one of a kind spectacular phenomenon can obtain the best benefits for Indonesia” said Avivah.