On Tuesday, Norway will have a solar eclipse that will cover 73 percent of the solar disk.
Most recently last year A solar eclipse occurred in this country, but this time it will be bigger. Norway last experienced a total solar eclipse in 2015 Happened in Svalbard.
Tor Einar Aslesen, an astrophysicist from the Norwegian Astronomical Society, was present at the time of the eclipse. This time he will stay at home in eastern Norway.
– This is a relatively large part of the sun across Norway. But Longyearbyen can hardly see it at this time.
– Do not look at the sun without protection
Although there won’t be a total solar eclipse this time, conditions in Norway are basically good, he says.
– Eastern Finnmark receives the greatest coverage of the sun. In Kirkenes, more than 62 percent of the sun is present. It is also very good in Tromsø, which achieves 56 percent coverage.
– For Oslo’s part, coverage is around 40 percent in the middle of the day, and about the same in western Norway.
Read more about weather conditions in this case.
Asleson says there is now Sun spotsAnd these can be seen with a good camera, for example.
But he has a clear message for those who want to witness the event with their own eyes:
– Do not look directly at the sun! By eye, camera or telescope. You must have a filter. Regardless of field of application, solar eclipse filters are ideal.
– And you shouldn’t wear ordinary sunglasses, he adds.
Looking at the sun during a solar eclipse is no more dangerous than any other, but you should not open your eyes to the sun in general over time. The reason is UV rays which are harmful to the eyes.
– Solar eclipse glasses can be used, but you should check that they are approved.
He explains that if you have binoculars, you can see that when the moon passes in front of the sun, it has a slightly jagged edge because of the hills and craters there.
Build your own projector
If you don’t have the appropriate glasses or filters, Aslesen says, you can easily build a smart projector out of a simple piece of cardboard.
– Then you make a small hole in the cardboard, aim at the sun and get a small picture of the solar eclipse on the wall. It’s an optical phenomenon, he explains.
The astrophysicist says the hole should be very small, no bigger than the tip of a ballpoint pen. He believes you should catch a solar eclipse if you get the chance.
– It makes you feel part of the universe. It’s always interesting to see one globe go before another.
The weather is like this
If you want to see a solar eclipse, seeing the sun is definitely a prerequisite. So how are the conditions?
– It’s likely that Nordmøre, Trøndelag and parts of northern Norway will get better conditions than they look like now, says meteorologist Trond Robertsen.
Regarding the latter, he says Bodo and the region north to Nordkapp have better forecasts. West Norway and East Norway do not have equally good prospects.
– Western Norway south of Stott, as well as Sunmore and Romsdal, can expect a lot of rain, according to forecasts. There is some gray weather and rain in southern and eastern Norway.
But don’t give up hope, the meteorologist advises. A couple of low pressure systems threatening the potential could change direction. And there are always holes in the cloud cover.
– We can’t predict that, says Robertson.
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