For some people in the world, the first day of spring (Friday, March 20) will also mark a total solar eclipse! So what exactly does that mean?
For the first time since November 2013, the Moon will pass in between the Earth and Sun at such an angle and time that it will totally obscure the Sun for some people on the planet. This creates beautiful imagery that has birthed mythology and folklore for as long as there’s been written records.
So, the big question: will you be able to see it?
Unfortunately, the total eclipse will only be visible in the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. Residents and visitors of the Faroe Islands in Denmark and the Svalbard archipelago in Norway. Don’t worry, though! Large portions of Europe and Africa will still be able to witness some of the eclipse’s shadow, although not to a full extent.
For those of us that don’t live anywhere near the viewing zone, we can still watch this incredible and rare phenomenon via live streams. Thank goodness for technology.
And remember, if you are within the viewing zone (and as a general rule of thumb): never look directly at the Sun! It will hurt your eyes without you even knowing it. Even when the Sun is blocked by the Moon, the remaining annulus (ring) or corona (crown) of light can still be very harmful.
To find out how to safely view a solar eclipse, watch the video below! It’s a great project for kids.
You might not be able to see it in person, but find out how you can watch this awesome phenomenon online!