Lucky Few Witness Partial Eclipse Of The Midnight Sun

By Meera Dolasia on June 3, 2011

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Solar eclipses, which occur when the moon comes in between the earth and the sun, are always fun to watch - So you can only imagine how cool it must have been to watch one unfold at midnight.

While the idea of having a solar eclipse in the middle of the night may sound a little strange and even impossible, it makes perfect sense when you realize that during this time of the year, the sun does not set in the regions around the Arctic Circle. While the best views were from the Scandinavian countries of Sweden and Norway, the people of Alaska and parts of Northern Canada, also got to admire this midnight marvel. The eclipse was also visible from China and Japan, where it was witnessed at the crack of dawn.

Which brings us to an even cooler fact - Because the eclipse spanned the International time-line, it began in North East Asia at dawn on Thursday, June 2nd - Then, as it moved northeast toward the Arctic Circle it started to 'lose' time and ended at midnight or earlier of the previous Wednesday (June 1st) for those countries.

But no matter where or what time they saw it, witnesses agreed that it was a spectacular sight - One that hasn't been seen since 1985 and will not be seen again until 2084. However, while there will be no midnight wonders, there are two other spectacular eclipses coming up real soon.

On June 15th, stargazers all over the world with the exception of North America, will witness a total lunar eclipse. The grand finale will occur on July 1st when a partial solar eclipse will be visible to those living in the southern hemisphere. So, if you live anywhere in those areas, be sure to mark your calendars and witness these incredible celestial shows.

Resources: Space.com, NASA.gov

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  • alovesmusic
    alovesmusic10/21/2013
    I think they look so beautiful in the sky
    • safiya
      safiya10/20/2013
      the sun and a moon near together how is that going to be????
      • headream100
        headream10010/13/2013
        That is so amazing! Now I want to go on a second trip to Alaska. I am not sure why sunsets look better, but it's just my opinion. :p
        • jj-17
          jj-1710/12/2013
          Wow!
          • jmeier
            Julie Meier9/28/2013
            That is cool!
            • la_eliza
              la_eliza5/15/2013
              OMG, my mom saw that, she went to Alaska that summer!
              • mr.mysterious3/6/2013
                that is the coolest thing ive ever seen
                • louis5/5/2012
                  awesome
                  • lottipop334/24/2012
                    this is so cool , i wish i coud c it
                    • butt4/22/2012
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