Tartu Observatory held a public event during the partial solar eclipse

Taavi Tuvikene | 20.03.2015

Partial solar eclipse was visible in Estonia on March 20, 2015. Tartu Observatory held a public event in front of its main building. The event was attended by a few dozen people, including children from the Tõravere kindergarten.

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Due to cloudy weather it was not possible to observe the eclipse through solar telescopes, two of which were set up in front of the observatory building. The participants could watch live broadcast of the total solar eclipse from Faroe islands and Svalbard. Observatory researchers introduced the equipment for solar observations and explained what was visible on the TV screen.

Around noon, during the maximum eclipse phase, when three quarters of the solar disk was covered by the Moon, it was visibly dimmer outside. A few patient participants could see a glimpse of the Sun through thick clouds before leaving.