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Thousands of tourists will to flock to Torshavn, capital of the Faroe Islands, to experience a total solar eclipse on 20 March.
The sun will be completely obscured for approximately two and a half minutes at precisely 9.41am for approximately two and a half minutes over the Nordic archipelago.
The following information is provided by www.visitfaroeislands.com
According to an old Faroese legend four brothers lived in the village of Sumba at the most southern point of the Faroe Islands.
The were all brave and strong, but they were constantly quarrelling and fighting and sometimes even threathing to take each other’s lives. One day they were out in the mountains tending their sheep when darkness suddenly fell upon them. They were terrified and promised the Lord that if they survived this experience they would change and become better men. Soon after the sun came out again and legend says that they hugged and never fought nor quarreled again for the rest of their lives.
This legend is believed to be a recollection of a total solar eclipse recorded in the Faroe Islands on 30 May 1612 at 11.25 am. On 20 March 2015 a total solar eclipse will once again cover the Faroe Islands in darkness at 9.41 am.
The Faroe Islands will be one of only two places in the world where this eclipse can be observed from land. Seeing a total eclipse is perhaps one of the most spectacular astronomical and natural phenomena that you will ever see. Being on the right spot is essential, and on 20 March 2015 the obvious spot to view the total eclipse will be in the Faroe Islands.
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the earth and the sun and blocks out the direct light of the sun. A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon blocks out the sun completely, forming a shadow on the earth. For this to occur, the sun, the earth and the moon come in a straight line in their orbits and it will seem like the moon has covered the sun.
In a total solar eclipse you will be able to see “The Bailey Beeds”, which is where light from the sun breaks through the uneven surface of the moon. The diamond ring effect marks the beginning and end of totality as a bright flash of light and is one of the most amazing features of the eclipse.
As the shadow of the moon starts to move across the sun, it will look like a small bite which gradually increases in size. Watch for Baily?s Beads where the sun shines through the rugged surface of the moon creating points of light on the edge of the moon?s disc. These can only be seen for a few seconds. Just before the sun disapears, The Diamond Ring effect is seen as the single bead of light which looks like an enormous sparkling diamond on a shiny ring.
When the shadow of the moon covers the sun entirely, the sun’s atmosphere (corona) can been seen as a faint halo. This phase is known as totality. As the moon moves away from the sun, Baily?s Beads may be seen again before the sun fully emerges.
WHERE TO SEE THE TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE
The Faroe Islands and Svalbard are the only places in the world where you can experience the total solar eclipse. The Faroe Islands are preparing for some major celebration following the eclipse.
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