A solar eclipse will be viewable over Europe, parts of Asia and North Africa, and the Arctic on Friday.
A partial solar eclipse will be viewable throughout Europe, parts of Northern Africa and Asia, as well as the Arctic this Friday. The total solar eclipse will be visible primarily from the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. Only a few places on land will be able to view the total solar eclipse, such as the Faroe Islands, northwest of Scotland, and the Svalbard Islands, east of Greenland.
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between Earth and the sun, partially or completely obstructing its view. When the moon completely occludes the sun it is known as a total solar eclipse. Solar eclipses can only occur during new moons, as that is the only time the sun and moon are in a aligned in a straight-line configuration with Earth known as syzygy.
It is never safe to view a solar eclipse with the naked eye. Viewing a solar eclipse directly can cause irreparable damage to your eye’s retina, and result in vision impairment and even blindness. You should never view a solar eclipse directly, whether through a telescope, a camera, or the naked eye, unless you are using a specialized solar filter. Sunglasses do not offer sufficient protection from the sun’s damaging rays.
The Slooh Community Observatory will be providing a live webcast from the Faroe Islands for those who are unable to view the total solar eclipse. The live stream begins at 4:30 a.m. EDT on Friday, March 20.