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Today, March 20, will feature an early-morning 'Super' solar eclipse, when the new moon crosses over the face of the Sun. Even though the total eclipse won't be visible from Canada, here's how to watch it from wherever you are...

Total eclipse of the sun Friday, thanks to a super moon

Scott Sutherland
Meteorologist/Science Writer

Thursday, March 19, 2015, 2:44 PM - At 5:45 a.m. ET on Friday, March 20, the moon was directly between the Earth and the Sun, creating a total eclipse of the sun. Unfortunately, the only people to experience the full effect were those in some of the most remote regions of the northern hemisphere.

The eclipse begans at 3:41 a.m. ET, climaxed at 5:45 a.m. ET, and was over by 7:50 a.m ET.

To see the total solar eclipse in person, you had to have been along a narrow strip of the northern hemisphere that stretches from south of Greenland, between Iceland and the United Kingdom, across the Faroe Islands, Norway's Svalbard Islands in the far north and the North Pole.

But those who couldn't easily make it to the North Pole, the Faroe Islands or the northern reaches of Norway could get the full experience online

Although usually broadcasting footage from the Canary Islands, the good people of the Slooh Community Observatory sent an expedition to the North Atlantic to live-stream the event.

WATCH BELOW: NASA explains the unusual path of this eclipse in this animation of the Moon's shadow.

Anywhere in the larger diffuse shadow of the Moon — northeastern North America, Europe, northwestern Africa and western Asia — would have had good view of the partial solar eclipse around mid-morning local time. For the rest, the sun and moon appeared normal.

If you woke up at sunrise and you happened to be in the following parts of Canada, you may have been able to catch the very end of the partial solar eclipse.

  • Newfoundland
  • The eastern parts of Labrador (including Goose Bay and most coastal communities)
  • Southeastern Baffin Island
  • Northeastern Ellesmere Island

And this eclipse was caused by a super moon, occurring roughly 13 hours after it has reached its perigee — its closest point to Earth for the month. That means the new moon was nearly as large as it could get for this particular eclipse. For the regions that could see the total eclipse, it was completely block out the sun.

Sources: NASA | Timeanddate.com | Slooh | Virtual Telescope Project

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