Eclipse coming for Europe this Friday!

Get your eclipse viewing equipment ready!  The first solar eclipse of 2015 is coming to Europe.  Totality will sweep across portions of the North Atlantic, only touching land on the forbidding realm of Svalbard (Spitsbergen), but coming very close to Iceland.  It will be a partial eclipse for all of Europe and the British Isles, most of north Africa, portions of the mideast, and much of northern Asia up to Mongolia.  (Points east of there will not see any eclipse.)  It will be particularly deep in Iceland, the British Isles, and Scandinavia, with nearly the entire solar disk obscured.

Here are the stats:

SE2015Mar20T

 

And here’s an animation showing the Moon’s penumbra and then the tiny umbra crossing the Earth:

mar20anim

If you’re on the east side of the big pond, set your clock, hope for clear skies, and watch the Sun!

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