Total Supermoon Solar Eclipse on March 20 2015 .. What to see Where, When, and more

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LIVEstreams (Playlist) Livestreams of the Supermoon Solar Eclipse March 20 2015 from around the world

SE2015Mar20TA total solar eclipse will occur on Friday March 20, 2015.

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partly obscuring the image of the Sun for a viewer on Earth. A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon’s apparent diameter is larger than the Sun’s, blocking all direct sunlight, turning day into darkness. Totality occurs in a narrow path across Earth’s surface, with the partial solar eclipse visible over a surrounding 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 August 12, 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 after six months.

There will also be a Supermoon, or perigee moon, the evening before the eclipse, meaning the Earth and Moon are as close together as they can be. This makes this 2015 Spring Equinox eclipse a supermoon eclipse, meaning a supermoon, equinox and eclipse will all fall on the same day.

The only populated places where the totality can be seen, reachable by public travel, are the Faroe Islands and Svalbard.

It’s a Total Solar Eclipse in the Faroe Islands and Svalbard (Norway), and a Partial Solar Eclipse in Europe, northern and eastern Asia and northern and western Africa. The eclipse starts at 07:41 UTC and ends at 11:50 UTC. 



The March 20 total solar eclipse event will be the first since Nov. 3, 2013. The dark umbral shadow cone of the moon will trace a curved path primarily over the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans, beginning off the southern tip of Greenland and then winding its way counterclockwise to the northeast, passing between Iceland and the United Kingdom.

The shadow will then pass over the Danish-owned Faroe Islands, the sparsely inhabited Norwegian island group of Svalbard and then it will hook counterclockwise toward the northwest, where it leaves the Earth’s surface just short of the North Pole. [Solar Eclipses: An Observer’s Guide (Infographic)]

March 20, 2015 total eclipse times from land

Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
Partial solar eclipse begins: 8:39 a.m. Western European Time (WET)
Total solar eclipse begins: 9:41 a.m. WET
Maximum eclipse: 9:42 a.m. WET
Total solar eclipse ends: 9:43 a.m. WET
Partial solar eclipse ends: 10:48 a.m. WET

Longyearbyen, Svalbard
Partial solar eclipse begins: 10:12 a.m. Central European Time (CET)
Total solar eclipse begins: 11:11 a.m. CET
Maximum eclipse: 11:12 a.m. CET
Total solar eclipse ends: 11:13 a.m. CET
Partial solar eclipse ends: 12:12 a.m. CET


March 20, 2015 partial eclipse times

Reykjavik, Iceland
Solar eclipse begins: 8:38 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
Greatest eclipse: 9:37 a.m. GMT
Solar eclipse ends: 10:39 a.m. GMT
Maximum obscuration of solar disk: 98%

London, England
Solar eclipse begins: 8:25 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
Greatest eclipse: 9:31 a.m. GMT
Solar eclipse ends: 10:41 a.m. GMT
Maximum obscuration of solar disk: 84%

Algiers, Algeria
Solar eclipse begins: 9:06 a.m. Central European Time (CET)
Greatest eclipse: 10:11 a.m. CET
Solar eclipse ends: 11:20 a.m. CET
Maximum obscuration of solar disk: 53%

Istanbul, Turkey
Solar eclipse begins: 10:53 p.m. Eastern European Time (EET)
Greatest eclipse: 11:57 a.m. EET
Solar eclipse ends: 1:02 p.m. EET
Maximum obscuration of solar disk: 32%

Moscow, Russia
Solar eclipse begins: 12:13 p.m. Moscow Standard Time (MST)
Greatest eclipse: 1:20 p.m. MST
Solar eclipse ends: 2:27 p.m. MST
Maximum obscuration of solar disk: 58%

Parts of the UK could see a partial Solar Eclipse.

How much of the eclipse could you see and what time? This guide can help!

London will experience an 85% partial solar eclipse

Where to see the solar eclipse in London? >>

How will the weather affect you as you watch the 2015 partial solar eclipse? Check the forecast



Visibillity of the Eclipse in Eindhoven, Netherlands



Still not sure when or where to watch? Try these links

You can obtain specific information on the March 20 eclipse in your part of the world at the sites listed below. Be sure to watch whether the times are given in Universal Time, meaning you must convert Universal Time into your local time.

TimeandDate.comgives eclipse times in local time

HM Nautical Almanaceclipse animations for 534 localities

Interactive Google mapinformation is just a click away

Solar eclipse computercourtesy of the US Naval observatory

Can’t see it from your part of the world? 

LIVEstreams (Playlist) Livestreams of the Supermoon Solar Eclipse March 20 2015 from around the world

More Livestream

Watch the Total Solar Eclipse LIVE on Slooh >> Slooh Community Observatory will be sending an expedition team to the North Atlantic to bring you live coverage of this year’s Total Solar Eclipse .. more

The Huffington Post
The Independant
The Telegraph
The Mirror


Supermoon eclipse

On March 20 – same date as the 2015 March equinox – the moon turns new only 14 hours after reaching lunar perigee – moon’s closest point to Earth in its orbit. Thus this moon is a supermoon – at the new phase – not visible in our sky, but having a larger-than-average effect on Earth’s oceans. Plus this new supermoon swings right in front of the equinox sun on March 20, so that the moon’s shadow falls on parts of Earth. Follow the links below to learn more.

How to watch an eclipse safely

What causes a solar eclipse?

How often does a solar eclipse happen on the March equinox?



This is the first time that an eclipse has a significant impact on the power system, and the electricity sector is taking measures to mitigate the impact.

Places in Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark may be 80% obscured. Temperature may decrease by 3°C, and wind power may decrease as winds are reduced by 0.7 m/s.
The European Union has about 90 Gigawatts of solar power and production may temporarily decrease by up to 34 GW of that if the sky is clear. The power gradient (change in power) may be −400 MW/minute and +700 MW/minute.

Solar Eclipse 2015 – Impact Analysis.pdf European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity, 19 February 2015.



Lunar eclipses

A total lunar eclipse will follow on April 4, 2015, visible over Australia, and the Pacific coast of Asia and North America.

Solar eclipses 2015–2018

Each member in a semester series of solar eclipses repeats approximately every 177 days and 4 hours (a semester) at alternating nodes of the Moon’s orbit.


More info 

Solar eclipse of March 20, 2015 wiki
20 maart 2015 — Total Solar Eclipse: Time & Date
Where to see the 2015 solar eclipse
Google Maps and Solar Eclipse Paths Nasa
Total Solar Eclipse of 2015 Occurs This Week: How to See It
Supermoon total eclipse of equinox sun on March 20

Visibillity of the Eclipse in Eindhoven, Netherlands

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