NASA to observe solar eclipse in Tidore Islands, North Maluku

Ternate, N.Maluku (ANTARA News) - Several scientists from the United States' National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will observe a total solar eclipse from the Tidore Islands, North Maluku province on March 9, 2016.

The Head of the Culture and Tourism Office in Tidore Islands, Asrul Sani Soleman said on Thursday that the scientists will observe the total solar eclipse from the Sultanate of Tidore Palace using a special binocular brought from the NASA base in the United States.

The scientists have chosen Tidore Islands as the place to observe the total solar eclipse, as it will be the perfect place for doing so and they will be able to see the sun for longer, compared with other areas in North Maluku.

Asrul added that along with the NASA scientists, hundreds of tourists from various countries will also arrive to witness the total solar eclipse at a number of locations, such as Maitara Island, one of the tourist islands of Tidore.

Tourists, who will come to watch the total eclipse in this area, are using a travel agent from Bali and Jakarta, or will arrive by yacht.

"So far, there are four cruise ships, including from France, the United States and Switzerland that are confirmed to visit Tidore," Asrul said.

The Tidore Islands' city administration has made preparations to welcome the scientists and tourists.

The administration will also take advantage of their visit to promote the tourism potential of this area, including investment.(*)

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