The eclipse of March 9 will be total over parts of central Indonesia and the Pacific Ocean, starting at sunrise over Sumatra and ending at sunset north of Hawaii. In most parts of India and Nepal, the Sun will already rise partially eclipsed. Totality will last from 1½ to just over 4 minutes at each location, and more than 3 hours will pass between when the westernmost location sees the eclipse begin and the easternmost location sees it end. People along the path of totality, which is over 14,160 km (8,800 miles) long and 156 km (97 miles) wide, will have the opportunity to see the Solar corona just when the Sun’s face is totally covered by the Moon. [Warning: Protect your eyes. Solar eclipses should be viewed using a solar-filtered telescope, eclipse glasses, or a pinhole projector.]
This Solar eclipse is related to other eclipses of the current set between 2015 and 2018. It is also a part of long period Saros cycle 130, and a 19 year Metonic cycle.
It is a part of Saros cycle 130, repeating every 18 years, 11 days, containing 73 events. The series started with partial solar eclipse on August 20, 1096. It contains total eclipses from April 5, 1475 through July 18, 2232. The series ends at member 73 as a partial eclipse on October 25, 2394. The longest duration of totality was 6 minutes, 41 seconds on July 11, 1619.
The Metonic series repeats eclipses every 19 years (6939.69 days), lasting about 5 cycles. Eclipses occur in nearly the same calendar date. In addition the Octon subseries repeats 1/5 of that or every 3.8 years (1387.94 days).
Credit for image above: NASA, from: http://thewatchers.adorraeli.com/2016/03/04/total-solar-eclipse-of-march-9-2016/