The March 2015 Solar Eclipse

The March 2015 Solar Eclipse

On 20 March 2015, the Moon’s shadow will race across the North Atlantic Ocean, skirting the south-eastern corner of Iceland and making landfall at only two places - the Faroe Islands and the Svalbard archipelago. This first total solar eclipse to be visible in Northern Europe since that of August 1999 will see eclipse chasers heading to these two locations or observing from on board a ship or an aircraft flying along the path of totality. Although nowhere in the British Isles will witness totality, a very significant partial eclipse will be seen right across the region,  lasting well over two hours. Indeed an obvious partial eclipse will be visible from every country in Europe. John Mason will set the scene for this exciting event explaining how both the partial and total phases may be observed.

 

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About John Mason

John Mason has been leading groups to observe and record natural phenomena such as annular and total solar eclipses, the polar aurora and major meteor showers to destinations all over the world. He will be heading to Svalbard to observe the 20 March 2015 total solar eclipse. A former President of the British Astronomical Association, John is also Director of the BAA Meteor Section and is the Association’s Press and Publicity Officer. He is also Editor of Patrick Moore’s Yearbook of Astronomy, published by Pan Macmillan, and is Principal Lecturer at the South Downs Planetarium and Science Centre in Chichester.