Watch: The shadow of the Moon during a solar eclipse

This… is… amazing!

Astrophotographer Martin Junius recorded this stunning video of the total solar eclipse on March 20, 2015, during the E-Flight AB 1000. In the video, you can see the shadow of the moon moving across the clouds below. The plane was 35,000 feet (10,600 meters) above the Northern Atlantic / Norwegian Sea when the video was recorded.

Total solar eclipse 20 Mar 2015, view from e-flight AB 1000 (Eclipse Reisen 1), showing the moon’s umbra moving across the clouds below. 35,000 ft above the Northern Atlantic / Norwegian Sea with mid totality at 63°31’21.3″N 7°53’05.6″W / UTC 09:43:30

The total solar eclipse began at 08:30 GMT on March 20, 2015, in North West Europe and moved towards the northeast but still in northern Europe. It was most visible from the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans, Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Faroe Islands, northern Norway, and Murmansk Oblast.

The shadow began its pass off the south coast of Greenland. It then moved to the northeast, passing between Iceland and the United Kingdom before moving over the Faroe Islands and the northernmost islands of Norway. The shadow of the eclipse was visible in varying degrees all over Europe. For example, London experienced an 85% partial solar eclipse while points north of the Faroe Islands in the Norwegian Sea saw a complete solar eclipse.

Three chartered airliners flew above the clouds, giving passengers a slightly prolonged view.

Shadow of the moon during the solar eclipse on March 20, 2015
Astrophotographer Martin Junius captured this amazing image during the solar eclipse on March 20, 2015.


M. Özgür Nevres

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