The northern provinces, and indeed most of Europe, are set to observe a partial solar eclipse on 25 October, the University of Groningen says. From Groningen, the eclipse begins at 11:07am local time. At 12:05pm, the maximum eclipse will occur, with 25% of the sun’s surface blacked by the moon. This will not result in any visible difference to daytime illumination levels.
The eclipse will be observed in other parts of the world, such as the Middle East, West Asia and Northeast Africa. The greatest eclipse extent will occur in parts of Russia, when about 86% of the sun’s surface will be covered as the sun sets for the evening.
Solar eclipse is a phenomenon that takes place when the moon passes between the Sun and Earth, obscuring the Earth’s view of the Sun either partially or totally. The phenomenon occurs at an average of two to five times a year.
This Tuesday’s eclipse is set to end at around 1:06pm.
RUG says there are four good spots for stargazing in the city of Groningen: the rooftop of Forum Groningen, Broerstraat near the Academy Building, Café Zondag in the Noorderplantsoen, and along the Duisenberg Lake/food court at the Zernike Campus.
On the Wadden coast, eclipse teams will be active at the Lauwersnest, De Rug 1, Lauwersoog, and on the dike at ‘t Zielhoes in Noordpolderzijl.