Eclipse Day!

Posted by David Eicher
on Friday, March 20, 2015

Astronomy magazine frequent contributor and eclipse photographer Ben Cooper took this image of the March 20, 2015, total solar eclipse while aboard a chartered Air Berlin Boeing 737 jet 35,000 feet above the North Atlantic Ocean. // Credit: Ben Cooper/
Well, the big day is here!

Yesterday, Thursday, March 19, our group of explorers had another unusual day in the Faroe Islands, between Iceland and the edge of the United Kingdom. I started off the day with a lecture to the group, “Does the Universe Really Care about Itself?,” the same talk I delivered at the Starmus Festival last fall.

We then ventured out for a 6-mile (10 kilometers) walk across the top of the mountain, and we had light to moderate rain pretty much the whole time. That was a lot of fun and a nice workout.

We ended up exploring a small historical village and returned by bus for a nice dinner.

Unfortunately, the weather forecast for this morning’s eclipse looks bad for the Faroe Islands. I hope that those of you in other locations have a chance to catch totality!

Stay tuned.

For all images from the trip, visit the Online Reader Gallery.

For related blogs, see:
     Astronomy's 2015 eclipse trip begins in Reykjavik, Iceland
     Astronomy eclipse expedition explores Iceland
     Iceland's South Shore and lectures
     One of the greatest auroral storms I have ever seen in my life

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