Watch the Total Solar Eclipse In 34 Seconds

1 minute read

Skygazers in Southeast Asia had a front row seat as a total solar eclipse engulfed the area in complete darkness for a few minutes on Tuesday.

The moon completely blocked the sun during the celestial spectacle, which NASA says happens about once a year on Earth. The full eclipse lasted just a couple minutes. Americans who missed the show via livestreams can look forward to catching the sight in person when the next eclipse is visible across the U.S. in August 2017.

NASA had sent a team of scientists to Indonesia, where researchers documented the total solar eclipse for an experiment aimed at measuring a certain kind of light scattered by electrons in the lower corona. The area can only be observed during total solar eclipses, the space agency said.

The timelapse above was provided by Slooh, based on their livestream of the eclipse.

Slooh is a time partner. You can go to to join and watch this live broadcast, snap and share your own photos during the event, chat with audience members and interact with the hosts, and personally control Slooh’s telescopes.

More Must-Reads from TIME

Contact us at