Crowds across Asia were treated to stunning views of a total solar eclipse on Wednesday morning.

Those in Indonesia had the best vantage point, just as the moon blacked out the sun in totality over Indonesia’s main western island of Sumatra, before moving eastwards across Sulawesi and Borneo, and then over to the Maluku Islands.

The eclipse was also partially visible in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hawaii and northern Australia, NASA said

A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon moves directly between the earth and sun, and was first visible in Western Indonesia at 6:20 AM Wednesday, March 9 local time (11:20 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, Nigerian time).

Sixty-five year old Sunaryo brought his grandchildren to see their first eclipse. He was overseas and missed the last total solar eclipse when it occurred in Indonesia in 1983.

We heard from the news that they were distributing glasses. We got them because we arrived at 3 a.m., he said.

Forty-year old Hary Mulyarakman surprised his three young children at 3 a.m. and roused them to come here.

I want my children to witness it. It only happens every what, 30 years? I want them to learn about the science behind it but also to see the beauty of God’s creation, he said.

It was like the perfect piece of paradise that lasted for two minutes. Everyone (was) fixated on the same thing. Everyone (was) amazed at the same things.

The temperature drop was marked. It went from baking hot to cool. First the sky changed color, then it felt like the temperature dropped by 10 to 15 degrees Celsius, and finally the sun disappeared and in place there was this ring of light, she said.

The next total solar eclipse is on August 21, 2017 and will be visible only across narrow sections of the United States.

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This crowd in Indonesia rose early for a glimpse of the total solar eclipse

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Special filters are worn in order to view the eclipse safely, without damaging the eyes

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This is the sun seen at eight minutes from totality, with a prominence observable at the top of the disk

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Totality is finally achieved, with the moon effectively blocking the sun from the earth