Wednesday, 1 June 2011
Partial Solar Eclipse
The time window given above is for Tromsø, Norway. The eclipse will reach its maximum at 21:33 UTC with about 58% of the sun hidden behind the moon.
This solar eclipse, even though it won't be a total eclipse, is very special, because it will be observable in Northern Europe at around midnight! The region north of the Arctic Circle has by now entered the Polar Day, i.e. the sun does not set at all at most locations. Therefore a solar eclipse can well occur at "nighttime," where "night" is only defined by our concept of time-of-day.
For more information on the eclipse, please refer to NASA's Eclipse Web Site and a comprehensive piece on NASA's Science News "A Rare Eclipse of the Midnight Sun."
If you happen to live outside the Arctic, you might want to follow the event live via web cast.
Credit: the image above is taken from the Wikipedia article Solar Eclipse.
PS: If you are out watching and taking photos, you're welcome to send them to us for inclusion in the EISCAT_3D blog. Please mail thu [at] sgo [dot] fi. Thanks.