Faroe Islands: Full Solar Eclipse

Solar eclipses are rare celestial events when the moon passes in front of the sun during the day directly obscuring the sun’s disk and plunging the earth into the darkness of night. Interestingly, the relative sizes of the moon and sun are roughly equal when viewed from the earth, resulting in a perfect solar eclipse and solar corona. Total eclipses happen about every 2-3 years some place around the world, but the total eclipse is only visible in a very narrow arch-like path of totality. The total eclipse of 2015 was only visible in Faroe Islands and Svalbard. Faroe Islands is notorious for rainy and foggy weather all year round so chances of seeing the eclipse were minuscule. The day before and the morning of the eclipse it was totally overcast with squalls of heavy rain. When the eclipse started, there were a few patches of blue sky visible. And then just before the moment of total eclipse, they sky miraculously cleared and stayed blue for the full 3 minutes of the moon covering the sun. Beyond amazing! When the full eclipse was over, the clouds reappeared again, and an hour later it was pouring heavy rain again and continued so almost nonstop for the next 2 days.

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