Note to our readers in Southeast Asia and the Pacific islands, it might suddenly get dark during the day today. Not to fear, for you and you alone are lucky enough to witness the year’s only total solar eclipse.

According to a press release, scientists in Tianhuangping, China have already lauded the eclipse as it passed overhead, claiming “the diamond rings were spectacular” and citing that the cloud cover was perfect for watching the eclipse without special glasses (not recommended).

The eclipse now heads toward the Pacific and this handy animation (via Pink Tentacle) will help determine where and when it can be seen. The next total solar eclipse will occur on July 11, 2010, and again only be visible from South Pacific islands and parts of South America.