Five Indonesian cities will have a front row seat to the March 9 solar eclipse. (Photo courtesy of NASA)

C. Sulawesi to Host 3,000 Tourists for March 9 Solar Eclipse: Governor


MARCH 03, 2016

Palu, Central Sulawesi. Central Sulawesi is gearing up to host more than 3,000 tourists flocking to Palu on March 9 for the solar eclipse, according to Governor Longki Djanggola.

The initial target was set at 5,000 foreign tourists, as the region prepares for various events to welcome this historical event.

Palu is among five Indonesian cities to have a stellar view of the astronomical event. Others include: Palembang, South Sumatra; Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan; Balikpapan in East Kalimantan; and Ternate in North Maluku.

They will have what physicist Brian Cox calls “the best seat in the solar system.”

“Our region is passed by the total solar eclipse. There are 3,000 foreign tourists ready to witness it,” Longki said during his opening speech at the Public Order Agency's (Satpol PP) national coordination meeting on Thursday (03/03). “Hopefully, [the event] will safe and controlled.”

The total solar eclipse will be visible at 8.33 a.m western Indonesia time for two minutes and four seconds.

Other areas in Central Sulawesi to have a clear view of the eclipse are: the city of Gumbasa, Sigi district; the city of Sigi; and Poso district.