Total Solar Eclipse 2015

Total Solar Eclipse 2015

 

On 20 March 2015, at precisely 9:41 am, complete darkness will encompass all of the Faroe Islands. For approximately two and a half minutes, it will seem as though time has been paused, as people from all across the world will gather together with Faroese locals to witness the rare and extraordinary occasion that is a total solar eclipse.

According to Faroese legend, solar eclipses aren’t only fascinating and spectacular; they also have peacemaking powers. The tale says that in 1612, at precisely 11.25 am, sudden darkness descended upon four brothers while they tended to sheep in the mountains. The brothers, who often fought and quarrelled with each other, where terrified by the darkness, and promised to God that if they survived, they would change and become better men. Within minutes, the sun came out. The brothers hugged each other and never fought or quarrelled again.

For any given region, a total solar eclipse only happens, on average, once every 375 years. Total solar eclipses are one of the most spectacular astronomical and natural phenomena one can experience.

The Faroe Islands will be one of only two places in the world where this particular solar eclipse can be observed from land; the other location being Svalbard.