A partial eclipse of the sun that, by a fluke of timing, began a day later than it ended provided spectacular views for skywatchers around the world lucky enough to catch the rare spectacle.

The solar eclipse began early Thursday (June 2) over northeast Asia, but actually ended Wednesday night because its narrow path of visibility — where skywatchers could see the event — crossed the International Date Line. For amateur and professional astronomers who caught the eclipse, the view was spectacular.

“Beautiful and impressive eclipse of midnight sun,” said Knut Joergen Roed Oedegaard, an astrophysicist at the Norwegian Centre for Science Education in Oslo, Norway. “This night northern Scandinavia witnessed the deepest eclipse of the midnight sun since 1985.”

More eclipses ahead

June’s partial solar eclipse is the first of three solar and lunar eclipses occurring within 30 days.

On June 15, a total lunar eclipse will occur and be visible to millions of skywatchers around the world except in North America, where the event won’t be visible at all.[2011 Solar and Lunar Eclipse Skywatching Guide]

The eclipse trio ends with a July 1 partial solar eclipse over the southern hemisphere, but this eclipse will be visible only from a small area of the southern ocean, far to the south of South Africa.

For more images and information, visit Space.com!

Posted by: Soderman/NLSI Staff

Credit: Tariq Malik; http://www.space.com/11864-midnight-solar-eclipse-amazes-skywatchers.html

Posted: Jun 6, 10:41 am

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