Friday, 3 June 2011

Eclipse of the Midnight Sun

In the night from 1st to 2nd June, a rare partial solar eclipse of the midnight sun occurred in Northern Europe. It was visible somewhat north of the Arctic Circle, and all across the Arctic region into Northern Canada and Alaska. The Polar Day has by now begun almost everywhere in the Arctic with the summer solstice fast approaching. At this time, the sun does not set at all, which makes it possible to see a solar eclipse at midnight.

Partially eclipsed sun to the north of Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory. The sun is just setting behind the trees. The photo was taken looking north along the river Kitinen, and the reflection of the sun in the water is just visible.

Sunset at the time of the eclipse. The waters of Kitinen were almost perfectly calm. 
Photos: Thomas Ulich.

On the KAIRA blog there are Juha Vierinen's photos of the eclipse.

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