SVABALD, NORWAY – March 20, 2015, the day of the Great Conjunction. This is that rare occasion when a solar eclipse, a supermoon, and the spring equinox come together on the same day.
The total eclipse of the sun was only visible from the North Atlantic.
Paul Maley with Houston-based Ring of Fire Expeditions shared some photos of the total eclipse seen in Svalbard, Norway, where Maley says polar bears outnumber people.
A lot of people around the world got to see some spectacular light shows in the sky earlier in the week, thanks again to the sun. The auroras were not part of the great conjunction, though.
Solar flares hit the earth and created the biggest geomagnetic storm of the year.
Besides creating some cool colors, the storm caused glitches in communication equipment, GPS systems, and computers.
The so-called supermoon is the second part of the great conjunction. The moon’s orbit brings it closest to earth, but we can’t see it because the moon is in its “new” phase.
And, finally, good news for everyone waiting for winter to end.
March 20 is the first day of spring, the vernal equinox, when buds bloom, and the sun shines, when love is in the air, along with a variety of pollens to make our eyes water and our noses itch while we wait for the next Great Conjunction.