Rare Solar Eclipse Set to Disrupt Europe on March 20th

By: | March 8th, 2015

On the morning of March 20th, Europe will experience a major solar eclipse event. This will be Europe’s biggest solar eclipse is last 16 years, and there won’t be another eclipse like it until 2026.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the earth. When this happens, the moon fully or partially blocks the sunlight reaching Earth and casts a shadow over the planet.

The solar eclipse on March 20th will plunge the UK and parts of Europe into darkness for about two hours. Power supplies could be disrupted by the eclipse since many European cities rely heavily on solar power.

Many parts of Europe will have nearly 90 percent of sunlight blocked by this eclipse. Northern Norway and other parts of northern Scandinavia, including the Faroe Islands, will experience a full eclipse.

The maximum duration of a total eclipse will occur 186 miles (300km) east of Iceland in the Norwegian Sea. There, darkness will last for around two minutes 47 seconds.

If you plan to watch this rare event, do not look directly at the sun with the naked eye. It can damage your vision. It can be safely viewed using specially designed filters.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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