The eclipse, which varies in intensity depending on location, was at its most perfect over the Svalbard Islands in remote Norway. There, residents saw a perfect corona — the halo of sun rays that surround the moon during an eclipse — and experienced nearly three full minutes of darkness. Over in England, 83% of the sun was covered and in Paris, the sun was about three-quarters blocked.
“Tourists from all around the world have traveled here to see the eclipse,” @tinemari wrote in an email this morning from #Longyearbyen, in #Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago. She estimated that the town’s population doubled for the event. (Svalbard was one of only two places on land where the total #eclipse was visible.) Tine, who is from northern Norway, took a break from work to watch the eclipse with coworkers. “I have seen a partial eclipse before, but nothing like this,” she said. #solformørkelse #regram
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly in front of the sun, casting a lunar shadow on Earth, blocking the sun's light. They've been recorded for centuries, and long been the subject of myths (the story of beast of some sort eating the sun is common to many cultures).
Update: Amazing pictures of the eclipse from different vantage points have been surfacing all day. Our favorites so far are these, from the cockpit of a plane, posted on Reddit by user Philthadelphia. (Check out the rest here.)