The eclipse took place around midnight local time (daylight saving time) and could be viewed from the Norwegian counties of Møre og Romsdal, Trøndelag, Nordland, Troms, Finnmark as well as Spitsbergen. Northern Norway and Spitsbergen will enjoy the best view. This was the first midnight Sun eclipse in Norway since 2000 and the largest one since 1985. Scandinavians must wait until 2084 to have a larger eclipse of the midnight Sun. Images and more information...
It might sound like a contradiction to have a solar eclipse in the middle of the night. But this was what happened in northern Norway, Sweden and Finland on June 1. Almost 60 % of the Sun was hidden by the Moon around midnight local time. A midnight Sun eclipse can only occur close to the poles and only during summer when the Sun never sets.
From time to time partial solar eclipses occur around the globe. When views through eclipse shades these eclipses can be quite beautiful. During large solar eclipses it becomes darker, and the light silvery. This time the beautiful reddish and yellow colors in the sky caused by the midnight Sun mixed with the effects of a 60 % (diameter) solar eclipse.
In Norway the eclipse began at 22:37 local time (20:37 UT) and ended at 00:22 (22:22 UT). Maximum eclipse was reached around 23:30 local time (21:30 UT).
The eclipse could be viewed from the Norwegian counties of Møre og Romsdal, Trøndelag, Nordland, Troms, Finnmark as well as Spitsbergen. Northern Norway and Spitsbergen enjoyed the best view.
Since the rotational axis of the Earth is tilted by 23.5 degrees areas located north of 67.5 degrees latitude (the Arctic Circle) experience a period each summer when the Sun does not set – it is a midnight Sun.
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