According to Meteorology, Climate and Geophysics Agency, Indonesia and Malaysia are to witness total solar eclipse.

The moon began to move between the Earth and Sun at 6.19 am, the official Meteorology, Climate and Geophysics Agency said.

A rare total solar eclipse will be visible in a broad arc across Indonesia about an hour later. Direct sunlight will be blocked for a short time from the western island of Sumatra to the spice-fringed Maluku Islands thousands of miles to the East, before the total eclipse sweeps out across the Pacific Ocean.

From a festival featuring live bands, to fun runs and traditional dances, events are being organised across the country for an estimated 10,000 foreign visitors and 100,000 domestic tourists who will be witnessing the phenomenon.

Hotels in the best viewing spots filled up weeks ago – in the city of Ternate,  Maluku Islands and officials have had to find extra space for tourists on boats.

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