Copyright: Peter Louer
Copyright: Peter Louer
Copyright: Luke Smith
Copyright: Luke Smith

Update 19 March: Above are a couple of fantastic photos of this morning’s eclipse. The first taken by Pete Louer from (I believe) Costa del Silencio through a filtered telescope, and the second by Luke Smith, an artistic rather than purely astronomical shot, taken from Los Cristianos. Thanks to them both.

Graphic: timeanddate.com
Graphic: timeanddate.com

Original post 18 March: There will be a total eclipse of the sun in far northern Europe on Friday 20 March, and although the Canaries will only have a partial eclipse of around 50%, it will still be something to see as the sky dims, even if cloud cover blocks sight of the actual eclipse itself. It’s going to be the last total solar eclipse visible in Europe until 2026, and in Tenerife, the phenomenon will last just under a couple of hours, from 7.45 to 9.39am.

One the few populated and reachable places where the totality can be seen is the Faroe Islands, midway between Norway and Iceland, and it is there that a delegation of scientists from the Canarian Astrophysics Institute are headed to observe the eclipse. They will be transmitting the eclipse live from the Faroe Islands HERE, and there is also a live British webcast HERE, also from the Faroe Islands.

In association with the IAC, the Museum of Science and the Cosmos near La Laguna will open access to its terrace at 8am on Friday, an hour earlier than usual, for anyone who wants to watch the eclipse with the Museum’s battery solar telescopes. These are equipped to project the filtered image of the sun safely onto a screen, and the Museum will also have staff on hand to provide explanations and analysis. For those wishing to attend, probably the best way is by tram from Santa Cruz – there is a tram stop right outside the museum.

It doesn’t need saying, I’m sure, but there is a guide HERE from Astronomy Now on viewing the eclipse safely.

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