Solar Eclipse to Coincide With Other Rare Celestial Events

March 19, 2015 5:29 PM

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Solar Eclipse to Coincide With Other Rare Celestial Events

Parts of Europe will be treated to three celestial events at once on Friday: a supermoon, a total eclipse of the sun, and the spring equinox, when night and day are of equal duration.

Solar eclipses are rare. The illusion of a supermoon can be witnessed several times a year, when the moon flies closest to the Earth and therefore appears larger than usual. The spring equinox occurs once a year, and marks the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere.

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