Thousands of sky gazers were greeted by a thrilling view of a solar eclipse on remote Arctic islands on Friday, but clouds played a spoil spirit for some space lovers as they were deprived of an unusual partly viewed celestial show.
The incredible and rare celestial event was partly visible in Africa, Asia, Europe, Russia and glanced parts of MENA region (Middle East and North Africa) for millions of adventure enthusiasts who clapped and cheered the solar eclipse.
During Friday’s celestial event, the Earth’s satellite moon had covered the sun for nearly 2.5 minutes under clear skies at Svalbard’s Norwegian islands, where travel advisory has issued for the tourists over the risks of polar bears and frostbite following an attack on Thursday.
But all was not well for the tourists as clouds enveloped the sky over the Faroe Islands capital Torshavn towards further south, which was the only other place where a total sun eclipse was visible from land due to the shadow of the moon that skimmed across the Atlantic.
Expressing his disappointment over being unable to witness the event, Hungarian tourist Gabor Lantos, said “It was overcast, there was rain and wind. You could see nothing. It was discouragement for everybody. Few tourists were so irritated that they entered into an argument with tour operators, demanding their money back.”
Another visitor Michael Tonks, fromAustralian, said, “It was worth coming here from Australia, probably not as good as the 2012 eclipse we saw in Cairns, but still worth coming.”
On Friday, the small audience contrasted with millions of space lovers who had witnessed the last major eclipse in the year 1999 in Europe.
Mirco-blogging site Twitter was flooded with the tweets and images of the solar eclipse. The solar event was the seventh topic which was among the top 10 trending terms on Twitter which was associated with the sun and moon in Germany.