Total Solar Eclipse 20 Mar 2015
A total solar eclipse will occur on Friday 20 March 2015. A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon's apparent diameter is larger than the Sun, blocking all direct sunlight, turning day into darkness. Totality occurs in a narrow path across Earth's surface, and a partial solar eclipse will be visible over a region thousands of kilometres wide.
It will have a magnitude of 1.045. The longest duration of totality will be 2 minutes 47 seconds off the coast of the Faroe Islands. It is the last total solar eclipse visible in Europe until the eclipse of 12 August 2026.
At the end of its path, the shadow of the Moon rises from Earth's surface to space at the north pole. As March 20 is the Northward equinox, the eclipse occurs as the Sun rises at the north pole for the first time in six months.
The only populated places where the totality can be seen, reachable by public travel, are the Faroe Islands and Svalbard.