An eclipse with the path of totality curving around Iceland and to the North Pole happens on the same day as the March equinox. Continue reading →
¡SkyCaramba! Weekly astronomy blog for the week ending March 14, 2015
An hour-long total solar eclipse on the same day as this month’s equinox begins south of Greenland’s tip and curves all the way to the North Pole. Places all over Europe will get to see the eclipse’s partial phases. So will northern Africa, most of Greenland, and western Asia.
The hour length refers to how long totality would last if you could travel the path of totality and keep the sun and moon in perfect alignment. The longest totality will last anywhere is 2 minutes, 47 seconds. That’s in a place east of Iceland.
Some passenger ship companies run specially scheduled eclipse cruises for events like this. Eclipse tours are especially popular in far northern waters. It’s probably a little late to book your trip for this one though.
On the other hand, you don’t have to be at sea to see this total eclipse. This one happens to cross Svalbard Island north of Norway. Most of the island’s inhabitants are scientists ...