The “supermoon” will move between the sun and the Earth on Friday in an event that will darken the skies above Northern Europe. According to astronomers, this type of eclipse is so rare it will occur only three times more this century.
A solar eclipse is to take place in the morning on March 20, but only a small part of the world will get the experience of a “totality”, or full eclipse, with a partial few-hour-long eclipse in store for residents of Europe, North Africa and West Asia. Its path will start in Greenland and move across the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans mostly.
The moon’s position is currently at its closest to the Earth – this is usually dubbed “supermoon”. It is believed that this will make the eclipse particularly jaw-dropping in the Faroe Islands and in Norway’s Svalbard archipelago, where the occlusion of the sun will reach nearly 100 percent.
The rest of the Norwegians and the Scots will be lucky enough to eyewitness around a 90 to 95 percent occlusion, while in the south of the UK, an 85 percent occlusion (approximately) will be best observed at 09.30am GMT. In Paris and Berlin the best time to lift your eyes to the skies will be at 10.30am local time.