On Friday 20 th March 2015, a total Solar eclipse will occur across the far Northern regions of Europe and
the Artic. The longest duration of totality for this eclipse will be 2 minutes and 46 seconds as viewed off
the coast of the Faroe Islands. This will mark the last total solar eclipse in Europe for over a decade.
The next not being until August 12, 2026.
For safety reasons, people are advised to :
- Never look directly at the Sun: you can damage your eyes forever.
- Even the small amount of Sun peeking out from behind the Moon during an eclipse is enough to make you go blind.
- Never look at the Sun through binoculars or a telescope.
- Don't look directly at the Sun through sunglasses, or exposed photographic film -they will not protect your eyes.
The safest way to watch the solar eclipse is through special viewing glasses.
Also taking place on Friday the 20th of March will be a Supermoon and the Spring Equinox.
A Supermoon, or perigee moon, happens when the full or new moon does its closest fly-by of the Earth,
making it look bigger than it normally does. And the spring equinox refers to the time of the year when
the day and night are of equal duration, mid-way between the longest and shortest days. It's rare that these 3 events take place at the same time.