The moon began to move between the Earth and sun at 7:19am (Malaysian time) yesterday. An hour later, a total eclipse became visible to the western parts of the country.

Despite the cloudy skies, locals and commuters who raised their eyes to the sky were able to witness the first contact occurred as the moon sliced of part of the sun. The schoolchildren from SK Convent Bukit Nanas were also given the opportunity to witness this rare phenomenon as part of their science project.

KUALA LUMPUR 09 MARCH 2016. Pelajar Sekolah Kebangsaan Covent Bukit Nenas teruja melihat fenomena gerhana matahari separa di Planetarium Negara. NSTP/ASYRAF HAMZAH
Source: NSTP/ Asyraf Hamzah

According to The Star, the moon reached its maximum contact at 8:29am, covering about 70% to 90% of the sun in the Klang Valley during the period. Many were armed with their cameras, long-range telescopes, and sunglasses. The partial solar eclipse lasted just over 2 hours until 9.30am.


Pictures and videos have been flooding social media since the spectacular occurrence took place, so we’ve decided to compile various cool shots that were taken all around Malaysia. Just in case you missed out on the real thing.

1. The partial solar eclipse taking place between 8:25am to 8:30am.

This photo sequence shows the partial solar eclipse in Kuching from 8.25am to 8.30am on Wednesday.. - ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE / THE STAR
Source: Zulazhar Sheblee / The Star

2. Kuala Lumpur

solar 3
Source: Malcolm Tang

3. Federal Territory Mosque, Kuala Lumpur

solar 4
Source: AFP/Manan Vatsyayana

4. Putrajaya

KUALA TERENGGANU, 9 Mac -- Gerhana matahari separa mula terbentuk dirakamkan pada jam 7.40 pagi Rabu di Taman Tamadun Islam, Kuala Terengganu. --fotoBERNAMA (2016) HAK CIPTA TERPELIHARA
Source: BERNAMA via The Star

5. Klang, Selangor

6. Perlis’ State Legislative Assembly Complex

KANGAR, 9 Mac -- Fenomena gerhana matahari separa yang dapat dirakamkan kira-kira pukul 8.30 pagi Rabu di perkarangan Kompleks Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Perlis, Kangar, Rabu. Gerhana matahari terjadi apabila bumi, bulan dan matahari berada dalam kedudukan yang selari. Kali terakhir rakyat Malaysia melihat fenomena gerhana matahari separa ialah pada bulan Jan 2010. --fotoBERNAMA (2016) HAK CIPTA TERPELIHARA
Source: BERNAMA via The Star

7. Penang State Mosque, Penang

solar 7
Source: Jordan Lye Photography

8. Gurney Drive, Penang

solar 8
Source: Guang Ming Daily

9. Johor Bahru

10. UiTM Seremban

solar 9
Source: YUiyuzneer Zuey

11. Ipoh, Perak

12. Kuantan, Pahang

solar 10
Source: MrBig Bucks

13. Melaka

14. Langkawi, Kedah

15. Sandakan, Sabah

solar 11
Source: Twitter @MuchieousMeng

16. National Planetarium, Kuching

solar eclipse sabah
Source: Zulazhar Sheblee / The Star

The next solar eclipse in the country will be on 16th December, 2019.

Sources: The Star, SAYS.

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