Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Partial Solar Eclipse

Today, 1st June 2011, between 20:43 UTC and 22:23 UTC (depending on location) a partial solar eclipse will occur. The eclipse will be visible from the area where the EISCAT radars are located, i.e. Northern Fenno-Scandinavia and Svalbard, but also across the entire polar cap into northern Canada and Greenland.

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.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for posting the additional information about this upcoming eclipse!!

    I hope to be able to see some of it via the web case.

    Best regards,

    Claudia

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