In Pictures: Solar eclipse captivates Singapore and the region

Thousands of people spent their Wednesday (March 9) morning at Tanjung Kelayang beach at the Indonesian island of Belitung to catch the rare total solar eclipse, and various parts of Singapore to see a partial eclipse. The spectacle started at around 7.20am Singapore time, peaking at 8.23am where 87 per cent of the sun was obscured. That revealed a bright orange crescent, and produced a shadow that shrouded the island - momentarily turning morning to evening. The phenomenon ended at around 9.30am.