Julia Horeftari for Art-Sheep
Greetings, my brave reader.
A solar eclipse will take place on Friday, March 20th, 2015 which will be total over the Faroe Islands and the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic Circle. The eclipse will cast a shadow over the rest of Europe for its duration.
The eclipse’s longest duration of totality will be 2 minutes and 42 seconds as viewed off the coast of the Faroe Islands. It will start at 07:41 UTC and end at 11:50 UTC.
Solar eclipses occur when the Moon gets between the Earth and the Sun, appearing larger than our Star in diameter. Totality of an eclipse only happens in a small course across the Earth’s surface, while a partial solar eclipse is visible over an area of thousands of kilometres in width.
If you’re thinking of going for a trip over to the Faroe Islands or Svalbard to witness the total solar eclipse first hand, my brave reader, think again. Even some of the most serious eclipse chasers have thought twice or will not go at all, given the remoteness of the places as well as the unavailability of accommodation, since most hotels, spare rooms and even cruise ships have sold out long ago. Pity, because the next solar eclipse visible from Europe won’t be happening again before 2026.