On 9th March 2016, the spectacular phenomenon of a total solar eclipse will pass across a large part of the Indonesian archipelago, where among places most clearly visible to follow are on the islands of Bangka and Belitung off Sumatra and the town of Poso in Central Sulawesi Province who will stage the Kawaninya Festival on 8th to 9th March 2016.
Bangka – Belitung
To accommodate the enthusiastic response from space observers who do not wish to miss this exceptional opportunity, the local authorities of Bangka and Belitung Province have prepared 100 observation points, all of which face east. The enthusiasm of those wishing to witness this rare occurrence is shown from the large number of rooms that are already reserved today by domestic and international tourists alike. Over 100 rooms have been blocked by international tourist groups from San Fransisco, USA.
Highlighting this rare natural phenomenon, the local government has prepared a number of attractions to precede the moment, that include special art and cultural performances to take place in the city of Tanjung Pandan and the Tanjung Kelayang Beach. These will feature an array of traditional game competitions organized by the Office of Youth and Sports, a Fishing Competition organized by the Office of Sea and Fisheries, and parachute jumps by the Indonesian Air Force.
Do make sure to book early for this rare occasion on Bangka and Belitung Islands.
Poso, Central Sulawesi
Here, the total solar eclipse observation will be centered at Kalora Village, Poso Pesisir Utara district, about 40Km north from the center of the city. The village has been chosen as the best observation point here following a survey conducted by the team from Bandung’s Institute of Technology (ITB) and the Mosintuwu Poso Institute. During the precise moment of the eclipse, the area will be engulfed in total darkness for 2 minutes and 40 seconds starting at 08.38 Central Indonesia time.
Those who wish to observe the phenomenon in Poso will also be provided with special eclipse sun glasses, for which the organizing committee has prepared about 5,000 sunglasses.
The two days festival itself will feature a variety of traditional dance and music performances from some of the finest local artists. On the evening of 8th March, there will also be a special presentation of outer space observation through telescopes provided by experts from the Bandung’s Institute of Technology.
Poso is not the only spot to observe the total solar eclipse in Central Sulawesi Province. Other observational points are also set up in the province’s capital city of Palu, Parigi, Tojo Una-una, and Banggai. Currently, it is recorded that there are at least 10,000 people have who already made reservations to observe this spectacular phenomenon in Central Sulawesi.
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