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Miss the solar eclipse? Watch a video of the sun swallowed whole

A total solar eclipse was only visible over parts of Southeast Asia, but you can see all the shadowy highlights in one video.

Total eclipse
It's science, but it's still magical.
Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

A small chunk of the globe witnessed a delightful solar eclipse on March 8 (or March 9 depending on your location), but not everybody was in a prime viewing position. The best sightings were along a path across the Philippines and Borneo. In case you missed it, NASA posted a video today with a gorgeous look at the sun as a black disc with light emanating from the sides.

The video was taken from a live broadcast sent out by the Exploratorium Science Center in San Francisco, California. It lasts just over 4 minutes and shows the time of total eclipse, known by the handy term "totality."

An eclipse happens when the moon gets in between Earth and the sun, temporarily blocking the view of our closest star. The Exploratorium's live feed came from the vantage point of Micronesia, a prime location for following the eclipse.

The footage zooms in and out, giving the video a surreal feel, like it's the opening to an experimental sci-fi film. The insistent soundtrack just adds to the dreamlike sensation. This is the sort of video you'll want to put on full screen and watch in a dark room.

Spoiler alert: the final seconds show the moon's shadow slipping away and a brilliant light leaking out from the edge.

A single solar eclipse is a time of scientific wonder, but late last year the European Space Agency's Proba-2 satellite saw three solar eclipses in a single day thanks to its orbital path around the planet.

According to NASA, the next total solar eclipse will take place in August 2017 with good viewing in parts of the US, the Northern Pacific and South Atlantic.