Today’s Astronomical Events – March 20th, 2015

Observers in much of Europe get a chance to see a partial solar eclipse today and for those in the far north, a total solar eclipse may be visible. Those in London will witness the Moon obscure 93% of the Sun’s surface – the most since the total solar eclipse of August 11th, 1999. Check the tables below for details of where the eclipse will be visible.

(Click on an image to enlarge or click here for the full sized map from NASA.)

Map by Fred Espenak, NASA. Simulation courtesy of Mobile Observatory.

 

 

09:36 UT – New Moon. (Pisces, not visible.)

09:36 UT – Total solar eclipse. This eclipse, taking place on the same day as the equinox, is predominantly visible from the seas around the arctic and north pole. The path of totality does not cross over any major landmass, however it passes very close to Iceland. With a magnitude of 1.045, the longest totality lasts 2 minutes and 47 seconds, as seen off the coast of the Faroe Islands. A partial eclipse will be visible from the following locations: northern and western Africa, the Arctic and Atlantic oceans and Europe. Maximum eclipse occurs at 9:45 UT. (See images above and further details below.)

22:45 UT – Spring Equinox

The barred spiral galaxy M109 culminates at midnight tonight. (Magnitude 10.6. Ursa Major, all night.)

 

 

 

Eclipse Details
Type: Total
Saros Cycle: 120 (61 of 71)
Magnitude: 1.0446
Path Width: 463 km

 

 Greatest Eclipse Location Details
Latitude: 64° 25’ 54” N
Longitude: 006° 38’ 48” W
Time: 09:46 UT
Solar Altitude: 19°
Solar Azimuth: 135°
Duration: 2m 47s

 

 

Total Eclipse Locations
Country Town/City (Time, Duration, Altitude, Azimuth)
 
Denmark (Faroe Islands) Torshavn (09:41 UT, 1m 59s, 20°,133°)
Norway (Spitsbergen) Longyearbyen (10:11 UT, 2m 28s, 11°, 167°)

 

 

Partial Eclipse Locations
Country Town/City (Obscuration, Time, Altitude, Azimuth)
 
Albania Tirana (44%, 09:41 UT, 46°, 156°)
Algeria Algiers (53°, 09:10 UT, 37°, 124°)
Andorra Andorra la Vella (66%, 09:17 UT, 34°, 128°)
Armenia Yerevan (13%, 10:23 UT, 46°, 207°)
Austria Vienna (63%, 09:45 UT, 39°, 335°)
Azerbajan Baku (11%, 09:46 UT, 42°, 217°)
Belarus Minsk (63%, 10:06 UT, 36°, 177°)
Belgium Brussels (80%, 09:34 UT, 31°, 139°)
Bulgaria Sofia (43%, 09:49 UT, 46°, 164°)
Burkina Faso Ouagadougou (3%, 08:27 UT, 33°, 98°)
Croatia Zagreb-Centar (58%, 09:41 UT, 41°, 153°)
Czech Republic Prague (69%, 09:45 UT, 37°, 153°)
Denmark Copenhagen (81%, 09:50 UT, 31°, 154°)
Egypt Alexandria (19%, 09:45 UT, 58°, 169°)
  Cairo (6%, 09:47 UT, 60°, 173°)
England Birmingham (87%, 09:30 UT, 27°, 132°)
  London (84%, 09:30 UT, 29°, 134°)
Estonia Tallinn (77%, 10:07 UT, 30°, 174°)
Finland Helsinki (78%, 10:07 UT, 29°, 174°)
France Paris (78%, 09:29 UT, 31°, 135°)
Georgia Tbilisi (16%, 10:25 UT, 45°, 207°)
Germany Berlin (74%, 09:47 UT, 34°, 153°)
  Hamburg (79%, 09:44 UT, 32°, 149°)
  Munich (68%, 09:39 UT, 37°, 147°)
Greece Athens (32%, 09:43 UT, 50°, 161°)
Greenland Nuuk (93%, 09:31 UT, 00°, 089°)
Guinea Conakry (2%, 08:16 UT, 18°, 093°)
Guinea-Bissau Bissau (6%, 08:18 UT, 17°, 094°)
Hungary Budapest (58%, 09:48 UT, 40°, 159°)
Iceland Reykjavik (98%, 09:37 UT, 13°, 118°)
Iran Tehran (1%, 10:34 UT, 46°, 222°)
Iraq Baghdad (1%, 10:18 UT, 53°, 209°)
  Mosul (7%, 10:18 UT, 51°, 205°)
Ireland Dublin (92%, 09:28 UT, 24°, 128°)
Israel Jerusalem (6%, 09:57 UT, 58°, 185°)
Italy Milan (65%, 09:32 UT, 37°, 141°)
  Rome (54%, 09:31 UT, 42°, 143°)
Jordan Amman (5%, 09:59 UT, 58°, 187°)
Kazakhstan Almaty (3%, 11:07 UT, 20°, 250°)
Kyrgyzstan Bishkek (3%, 11:05 UT, 22°, 248°)
Latvia Riga (73%, 10:04 UT, 33°, 172°)
Lebanon Beirut (9%, 10:00 UT, 56°, 187°)
Libya Tripoli (33%, 09:17 UT, 47°, 134°)
Lithuania Vilnius (67%, 10:04 UT, 35°, 173°)
Mali Bamako (5%, 08:22 UT, 25°, 096°)
Mauritania Nouakchott (20%, 08:25 UT, 17°, 096°)
Moldova Chişinãu (46%, 10:02 UT, 43°, 177°)
Mongolia Ulan Bator (6%, 11:04 UT, 0°, 271°)
Morocco Casablanca (54%, 08:53 UT, 28°, 111°)
  Rabat (55%, 08:54 UT, 28°, 112°)
Netherlands Amsterdam (82%, 09:37 UT, 31°, 141°)
Niger Niamey (3%, 08:32 UT, 37°, 101°)
Northern Ireland Belfast (93%, 09:30 UT, 24°, 129°)
Norway Oslo (89%, 09:53 UT, 27°, 154°)
Poland Warsaw (66%, 09:56 UT, 37°, 165°)
Portugal Lisbon (73%, 09:00 UT, 26°, 113°)
Romania Bucharest (43%, 09:55 UT, 45°, 170°)
Russia Moscow (58%, 10:20 UT, 33°, 193°)
  Novosibirsk (28%, 11:02 UT, 13°, 250°)
  Saint Petersburg (73%, 10:13 UT, 30°, 182°)
Scotland Glasgow (94%, 09:34 UT, 24°, 132°)
Senegal Dakar (12%, 08:20 UT, 15°, 94°)
Serbia Belgrade (51%, 09:47 UT, 43°, 160°)
Slovakia Bratislava (62%, 09:46 UT, 39°, 156°)
Spain Barcelona (63%, 09:16 UT, 35°, 128°)
  Madrid (67%, 09:08 UT, 30°, 120°)
Sweden Stockholm (82%, 10:00 UT, 29°, 164°)
Syria Damascus (8%, 10:01 UT, 56°, 189°)
Tunisia Tunis (43%, 09:18 UT, 43°, 134°)
Turkey Adana (17%, 10:05 UT, 52°, 189°)
  Ankara (25%, 10:02 UT, 50°, 182°)
  Bursa (30%, 09:56 UT, 49°, 174°)
  Istanbul (32%, 09:56 UT, 49°, 174°)
Turkmenistan Ashgabat (1%, 10:46 UT, 38°, 232°)
Ukraine Kiev (52%, 10:07 UT, 39°, 181°)
  Odesa (43%, 10:05 UT, 43°, 180°)
Uzbekistan Tashkent (2%, 11:00 UT, 27°, 243°)
Wales Cardiff (87%, 09:27 UT, 27°, 130°)

 

 

Events in bold involve objects and/or events that are easily visible with the naked eye.

All times are in Universal Time (UTC). To convert the time to your timezone, click here.

 

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