Prospects of rare total solar eclipse have drawn thousands of sky-watchers to the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, where the moon’s passage between the earth and sun will create 140 seconds of darkness at 5:45 pm local time today. Hotels in the city—Russia’s third-largest—are fully booked, reports the Guardian. US viewers, meanwhile, won't be able to see a full eclipse, but residents of the Northeast may see a partial one at sunrise today.
Spirits are high despite the strong chance of rain, which Novosibirsk’s mayor says will make the city “dark like night” and obliterate the solar phenomenon. The eclipse will start over northern Canada about 4:45 am EST and end 90 minutes later over northern China, sweeping across Greenland, Siberia, and Mongolia as it travels. (Read more solar eclipse stories.)