Partial solar eclipse in Iceland in June

Eclipse chasers should consider a trip to Iceland in June. A partial solar eclipse will take place on June 10th at 10:17 am and will be visible from all of Iceland. Mbl.is reports that the eclipse will last from 9:06 am to 11:33 am and the Moon will block out just under 70% of the Sun.

According to Sævar Helgi Bragason, editor of popular Icelandic astronomy website Stjörnufræðivefurinn, this will be the largest eclipse seen in Iceland since 2015. Iceland will not see such a large eclipse again until 2026 when a total eclipse will take place.

To see a total eclipse this June travelers would have to visit the North Pole, Greenland, Canada or parts of Russia for even better viewing conditions.

Sævar tells Mbl.is that June’s eclipse won’t be as easily noticeable as the one that took place in 2015 when 97% of the Sun was blocked creating a more drastic change in brightness. People should still notice that when the partial eclipse reaches its maximum it will get a bit darker and feel a bit colder outside.

Stargazers are reminded to not look directly at the eclipse but use special protective lenses – and perhaps check their closets and drawers for the eclipse sunglasses they got back in 2015. Alternatively Sævar recommends using a welding helmet. ai@mbl.is

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