People in Malaysia will be able to observe a partial solar eclipse from 7:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. on 9 March 2016.
In general, a solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth so that the Sun is wholly or partially obscured. This can only happen during a New Moon, when the Sun and the Moon are in conjunction as seen from the Earth.
The partial solar eclipse will begin at approximately 7:24 a.m. in Malaysia when the Moon appears first touches the Sun’s disk. This is called the “first contact” where the partial phases of the eclipse start. Most observers will not be able to visually detect the eclipse at this instant because the Sun is so bright. The eclipse can only be seen when the Moon slowly covers the Sun to form a gibbous shape until the maximum obscuration occurs at approximately 8:24 a.m. At its final contact of approximately 9:31 a.m., the Moon’s shadow will slowly disappear.
Below are the illustrated diagrams of the predicted partial solar eclipse that can be observed in Ipoh on 9 March 2016.