Partial solar eclipse visible in Estonia on 20 March
On 20 March 2015, partial solar eclipse can be observed in Estonia. Tartu Old Observatory offers several exciting events on the occasion. The next partial solar eclipse with a similar scope will be visible from Estonia on 25 October 2022.
On 20 March from 11:00 to 13:17, everybody is welcome to gather outside Tartu Old Observatory: if the skies are clear, it is possible to observe solar eclipse both in projection and using a dedicated solar telescope. In addition to observing the eclipse, visitors can ask explanations about the phenomenon from the employees of the observatory. The observation takes place in order of arrival and is free of charge for everybody.
If the sky is cloudy, it is possible to observe the eclipse from 11 to 13 at the museum via internet. The museum ticket must be bought to participate in the internet observation taking place in the exhibition hall of the observatory.
Important note: never observe the Sun with the naked eye or through ordinary unfiltered binoculars or an unfiltered telescope, as it can seriously damage your eyesight!
This year, total solar eclipse can be observed in Svalbard (Norway) and in the Faroe Islands. In Estonia, we can see a partial solar eclipse, but its scope is significant. If the skies are clear on 28 September this year, it is possible to observe a total lunar eclipse from Estonia.
On 16 May, Tartu Old Observatory opens an exhibition “Päikesevarjutuse lummuses” (“Fascinated by solar eclipse”), which is the first of its kind in Estonia and introduces the nature and observation of solar eclipses through historical materials and interactive exhibits.
Janet Laidla, Head of Tartu Old Observatory, tel +372 529 6113, janet.laidla [ät] ut.ee, www.tahetorn.ut.ee.