On March 20, 2015 one of the most important and spectacular celestial events in Norway this century will take place, a total solar eclipse. Due to the weather conditions in Norway at this time of year Svalbard is beyond competition regarding expected visibility.
On the North Pole the Sun will become totally eclipsed as it comes into view and on the Norwegian mainland more than 90% of the Sun will be eclipsed, for the majority of Europe this will be the most accessible total eclipse in several years. The eclipse will only be partial for people in Iceland, Europe, northern and eastern Asia and northern and western Africa but it will still be a fantastic astrological event to witness.
As seen from the Earth, a solar eclipse is a type of eclipse that occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, and the Moon fully or partially blocks the Sun. The Sun's distance from Earth is about 400 times the Moon's distance, and the Sun's diameter is about 400 times the Moon's diameter. Because these ratios are approximately the same, the Sun and the Moon as seen from Earth appear to be approximately the same size in the sky, this allows the moon to completely obscure the sun as it passes in between our planet and the star. The shadow cast by the moon on our planet in the light of the Sun is experienced by people on the surface as the solar eclipse.
This solar eclipse holds special significance in Norway because it is due to occur on the same day that the Sun rises for the first time after 6 months of winter, this sequence of events only happens once every 500,000 years.
If you're interested in finding out more about the solar eclipse or if you're thinking about booking up a trip yourself visit www.visitnorway.com