Dramatic Images Show Solar Eclipse From Southeast Asia

The next total solar eclipse will be visible to the continental U.S. in 2017.

ByABC News
March 8, 2016, 9:27 PM

— -- Dramatic photos show the phenomenon caused by Tuesday's solar eclipse in southeast Asia.

Millions in southeast Asia got a front-row seat to a total solar eclipse, while people in Alaska, Hawaii, Guam and American Samoa were able to see a partial solar eclipse.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon, Earth and sun perfectly align, and the moon blocks the sun.

The eclipse occurred on Wednesday local time in Sumatra, Indonesia and crossed the international date line into the Pacific Ocean, ending in Hawaii on Tuesday afternoon local time.

For those who missed it, mark your calendars. The next solar eclipse will be visible in the continental United States on Aug. 21, 2017, according to NASA.

ABC News' Alyssa Newcomb contributed to this report.