A partial eclipse of the sun takes place on Friday morning, March 20.
Here are two poems about the previous solar event.
They said it would get darker as the moon consumed the sun,
It was very cold
Later, the TV images of a blazing wedding ring
August 11, 1999-August 31, 2002
On Seeing the 1999 Eclipse on TV
The day the sun went out was really two years before my own sun was extinguished.
We walked away together, holding hands over the rocks, in a monochromic world where we were each the only colour in the other’s eyes.
Today the sun shines and roses bloom in the gardens,
Birds have stopped singing and a grey wind blows.
Do you miss that sky eclipse when we walked so close?
Do you ever see this grayscale world where the colour of your presence has been drained?
Can you even begin to see through my eyes?
Two years ago the eclipse lasted minutes; birds soon sang; the sun came out.
And we had tea and cakes before we parted, secure in our love that never could have an end.
While, two years later, I still stumble in darkness, waiting in hope that, the shadow will pass, and I shall see my love again.
Walking with me in the sun.
Southsea, August 31, 2002, 20:01
– Cat Stevens, 1977
Where to see the 2015 eclipse
Regions seeing at least a partial eclipse: Europe, North/East Asia, North/West Africa, West in North America, Atlantic, Arctic.
Some cities where at least part of the total eclipse is visible
Some cities where partial eclipse is visible
- Lisbon, Portugal
- Madrid, Spain
- Dublin, Ireland
- Paris, France
- Nuuk, Greenland
- London, England, United Kingdom
- Douglas, Isle of Man
- Brussels, Belgium
- Reykjavik, Iceland
- Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Berlin, Germany
- Copenhagen, Denmark
- Oslo, Norway
- Stockholm, Sweden
- Alert, Nunavut Territory, Canada
- Tallinn, Estonia
- Helsinki, Finland
- Rovaniemi, Finland
- Moscow, Russia
- Belushya Guba, Russia