Seeking Totality

I’m currently sitting in a well heated room, snow and ice along the window, overlooking an icy fjord. Where am I? I’m at latitude 78 degrees north on the island of Svalbard where the temperature outside is now a balmy -25 degrees. Thousands of astronomers and umbraphiles have descended here to witness one of the most spectacular natural wonders, a total solar eclipse. After two days of cloud, today dawned bright and clear, in fact, today is only the third day the Sun has been seen here since it returned to the sky on 24 February. We are all hoping Mother Nature will be kind enough to provide another stunning day tomorrow for the eclipse.

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