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Fri June 3, 2011
The Two-Way

Stunning: A Solar Eclipse At Midnight

This is a couple of days old and it escaped us somehow. But it struck our curiosity so that we'll share it anyway: This past Wednesday, the far northern latitudes saw a rare solar eclipse at midnight. Here's how Wired explains it:

During the Arctic summer, the sun dips low on the horizon but never sets. That means a solar eclipse is theoretically possible at any time. But this week's eclipse was the first visible from Scandinavia since 2000, and the deepest since 1985. The next one won't be for another 73 years.

So on Tuesday night going into Wednesday morning, Rhys Jones captured this amazing sight in Tromsø, Norway:

Jones has a few more pictures on his Flickr page and Space Weather has a few more in a photo gallery.

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