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Supermoon total eclipse of equinox sun on March 20
Eclipse photo at top via NASA
On March 20 – same date as the 2015 March equinox – the moon turns new only 14 hours after reaching lunar perigee – moon’s closest point to Earth in its orbit. Thus this moon is a supermoon – at the new phase – not visible in our sky, but having a larger-than-average effect on Earth’s oceans. Plus this new supermoon swings right in front of the equinox sun on March 20, so that the moon’s shadow falls on parts of Earth. Follow the links below to learn more.
The path of totality starts at sunrise to the south of Greenland, circles to the east of Greenland and Iceland at midday, and ends to the north of Greenland at sunset. The best spots to watch this total solar eclipse from land are the Faroe Islands and the Svalbard archipelago, which reside right on the semi-circle path of totality.
According to Nolle’s definition, the year 2015 gives us a total of six supermoons: the new moons of January, February and March, and the full moons of July, August and September.
Scientists are warning that the upcoming supermoon solar eclipse could bring on an energy blackout. The UK will be hit heard by the phenomenon, with Scotland expected to lose 98% of its sunlight on March 20. The blackout will begin in the UK at 8.45am and the maximum eclipse, when the moon is nearest the middle of the sun, will be at 9.31am. But if the solar eclipse was not enough for you, the evening before the phenomenon will mark the Earth and Moon being as close together as they possibly can be, giving rise to a so-called Supermoon.
originally posted by: beansidhe
a reply to: StoutBroux
98% of our sunlight at 9.30 in the morning? It probably won't make that much difference, March can be quite gloomy.
Thanks for posting, good to know.
In a statement, the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity said: "Under a clear morning sky on March 20, 2015, some 35,000 MW of solar energy, which is the equivalent of nearly 80 medium size conventional generation units, will gradually fade from Europe’s electrical system before being gradually re-injected: all in the space of two hours while Europeans and their offices begin a normal working week day."
The blackout will come to an end at 10.41am.
originally posted by: StoutBroux
No conspiracy here but tossing this t there for interested parties whoooo probably already knew but here it is.