20 March: Total Eclipse of the Sun AND Aurora Borealis

From SpaceWeather:

ARCTIC ECLIPSE: On March 20th, the first day of northern spring, Arctic sky watchers could witness something rare and wonderful:  Northern Lights during a total eclipse of the sun.  Earth’s magnetic field is reverberating from a CME strike on March 17th that sparked the strongest geomagnetic storm of the current solar cycle.  Days after the impact, auroras are still dancing around the Arctic Circle.  Those auroras could emerge in “broad daylight” this Friday when the new Moon passes in front of the Arctic sun, producing a total eclipse visible from Svalbard, the Faroe Islands, and many ships at sea.  Visit Spaceweather.com for a preview and updates during the eclipse.

Total Solar Eclipse viewed through Aurora Borealis near the Arctic?

How cool is that?

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  1. kneeling catholic says:

    I heard that the President says these cosmic climate changes are George W’s fault :-)

  2. gramma10 says:

    Yes Farher! Love these “sky” reports!
    Just wish I could go see some in person!
    God is so awesome!

  3. Kathleen10 says:

    So great! Weather is completely fascinating, and it is inspiring to contemplate that in these things we are so small and God is so mighty. Thanks for the tip Fr. Z.!

  4. ericrun says:

    If you like a spectacular sky event you’ll get to see, (maybe not quite as cool as the event Fr. Z posted, but something many Americans will have a chance to experience), there will be a full eclipse in the U.S. in almost two and a half years:


  5. pelerin says:

    The BBC tv commentator said just now ‘It will happen if the weather clears.’ He was quickly corrected by someone who told him tht ‘It will happen anyway!’ No need to be envious of us in Southern Britain even though we were promised 85% coverage, as it is completely cloud covered and there is no sign of the sun!

  6. Venerator Sti Lot says:

    pelerin’s experience sounds like mine: it was only interestingly ‘audible’ where I was via the effect on the vast majority of birds, awefully silenced by it (a friend told me later in the day his cat had seemed to be picking up on it somehow, too, unless it was simply picking up on the odd pippilary silence like we were).

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