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Sweden braces for year's first solar eclipse

TT/The Local/dl · 3 Jan 2011, 17:10

Published: 03 Jan 2011 17:10 GMT+01:00

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The eclipse, which will be visible in much of Europe, North Africa and central Asia, will be visible in Sweden starting shortly after 8am on Tuesday morning and will last just before 11am.

In some parts of Sweden, more than 80 percent of the sun will be blocked, and the moon will start passing in front of the sun before it rises – around 8.30am in southern Sweden and 10.30am in northern Sweden.

“But you’ll still notice it’s a bit darker. It’s strange, since the sun will rise and it will get lighter and then brightness will fall again,” Niklas Henricson, head of the Tycho Brahe Observatory, told the TT news agency.

Weather permitting, residents near the northern Swedish town of Skellefteå will likely have the best show, with the moon set to cover nearly 86 percent of the sun’s diameter at the eclipses’ peak, which expected to take place around 9.32am, according to the observatory’s website.

Henricson added that, despite the eclipse, the sun will still be visible and warned would-be eclipse observers to avoid looking directly into the sun.

Tuesday’s partial eclipse will be the first of four to occur in 2011. The next eclipse will take place on June 1st and be visible in northern Sweden.

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But amateur sky-gazers will have to wait more than a century for the next total solar eclipse, which is set to take place in 2126.

TT/The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

09:23 January 4, 2011 by HYBRED
'Brace' for a solar eclipse? You have to be kidding. I guess I should spend the morning in my nuclear fallout shelter. Or maybe go to higher ground. Maybe load my rifle just in case.
10:40 January 4, 2011 by DamnImmigrant
HYBRED - I find your words and understanding of the headline to be -

EXCELLENT!!! Took the words right out of my mouth!!! LOLROTFL

I don't know but maybe when the Sun and the Moon COLLIDE like that - the impact to Sweden can be life threatening - especially for virgins!

That said, I was lucky enough to have clear skies and went out with my daughter and watched it.

Unfortunately it was cloudy for last nights meteor shower :-(
12:52 January 4, 2011 by seagull
I think "The Local" is using google translate for it's headlines, and possibly translating to Greek first.
21:52 January 4, 2011 by Babe Soderbom
I was so lucky to see it this morning......my first
00:04 January 5, 2011 by flappinggums
lol HYBRED....nail on the head there mate.....& seagull, yeah it made for some reading gymnastics with that article lol
14:31 January 5, 2011 by flintis
Maybe time The Local hired a translator!!
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