A solar eclipse, Supermoon and the vernal equinox made for some stunning images where the phenomena were visible around the world Friday morning.
Friday’s solar eclipse is the only total solar eclipse for the year, and was only fully visible on the northernmost islands of Europe, including the Danish Faroe Islands and Norwegian island group Svalbard. A partial eclipse was visible across Europe, northern Africa and a large portion of northern Asia.
The eclipse coincided with a Supermoon — when a full or new moon reaches perigee, or its closest position to the Earth in its elliptical orbit — and the vernal equinox, when the sun shines directly on the equator, marking the first day of spring (this technically won’t occur until 6:45 p.m. ET Friday).
The U.S. will see two lunar eclipses this year on April 4 and Sept. 28, but the next solar eclipse won’t occur until August 2017.
European Space Agency’s Proba-2 sun probe:
— ESA (@esa) March 20, 2015
International Space Station:
— Sam Cristoforetti (@AstroSamantha) March 20, 2015