Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Partial midnight sun eclipse

On June 1st a partial midnight sun eclipse was visible in northern Norway. The initial weather forecast wasn't very promising, rain and overcast, but about an hour before the start of the eclipse it started to clear up and it stayed clear the whole period. The eclipse lasted from 22:43 h to 00:24 h, and at the maximum of the eclipse, at 23:33 h, about 58% of the sun was covered. 

Start of the eclipse projected on our kitchen wall

We could probably have watched much of the eclipse from our house, but we decided to drive up to the pass in Finnvikdalen to get a nicer view with the sun over the outer islands. The parking lot at the pass was full, quite a few people had decided that this was a good spot to watch the eclipse. 

Second half of the eclipse (click on photo to enlarge)

Other eclipse watchers basking in midnight sun light

Projection of the eclipse maximum

Looking back towards Tromsø, still a lot of snow around

Midnight paragliders that had watched the eclipse from a nearby top

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