A total solar eclipse of our hearts is happening!
Clear your Friday schedule, because stuff in the sky is ABOUT TO GO DOWN. Starting at 8:45 GMT, the moon will envelope the sun in its entirety, creating a solar eclipse. While these eclipses aren’t exactly rare (they can happen up to five times per year), your ability to catch them really depends on where you live. Which brings us to the bad news.
The bad news is that a lot of us won’t be able to see this amazing moment in the sky. According to Space.com, “The dark umbral shadow cone of the moon will trace a curved path primarily over the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans, beginning off the southern tip of Greenland and then winding its way counterclockwise to the northeast, passing between Iceland and the United Kingdom.” You can see the shadow pass the Faroe Islands, the small island group of Svalbard, and then it’ll head back to the northwest, where you can watch it trail off if you, uh, live on the North Pole.
A really neat solar eclipse guide in The Guardian informs us that if you live in Europe, you’ll be able to see some phases of the eclipse, as well as “northern Africa, western Asia and parts of the Middle East,” and Saint John’s in Newfoundland, Canada. Most of North America won’t be able to witness it. BUMMER.
The good news is that you can watch in online! Slooh.com will begin broadcasting at 4:30 a.m. EDT.
Images via, The Guardian