35 photos of solar eclipses that will blow your mind

Don't miss the opportunity to watch the upcoming solar eclipse LIVE this Tuesday on AOL.com. The eclipse begins at 6:25p.m. EST, and the total eclipse starts at 7:34 p.m. EST.

The only total solar eclipse of 2016 will be visible from Earth this week in spectacular form for a few lucky parts of our globe.

The total eclipse can be seen on March 8 and 9 only for the Indonesian islands of Sumatra, Borneo and Sulawesi, and in parts of Pacific Ocean, according to NASA. Other parts of Southeast Asia, northern and eastern Australia, Hawaii and part of Alaska will witness a partial eclipse.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes in between the Earth and the sun and temporarily turns day into night.

Powerful rays which can damage our retinas make it dangerous for viewers to look directly at a solar eclipse, so protective goggles or pinhole cameras are required for safe viewing.

Get ready for this week's event by clicking through the gallery above to check out some awesome views of solar eclipses!

Solar Eclipses Were Scarier When We Didn't Know How the Moon Worked
Solar Eclipses Were Scarier When We Didn't Know How the Moon Worked

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