Europeans look up to solar eclipse – cnn.com

by Greg Botelho

Solar Eclipse 29 March 2006, TurkeyMillions from around North Africa, the Middle East as well as Europe woke up with a chance to see the rare cosmic event. For some of them, it was a partial eclipse; but others — say if you were at the North Pole, or in Svalbard or the Faroe Islands between Iceland and Norway — got the full deal. Such eclipses are basically as old as the galaxy itself, happening when the moon and sun are at just the right distance from the Earth and they appear to be of the same apparent size in the sky even though the sun is actually about 400 times larger. An eclipse happens when the moon passes right in front of the sun, blocking the sunlight and casting a shadow on the Earth. Read Full Article