Totality on Ice

Today dawned cold (-24 degrees), bright and clear and we headed off early on snowmobiles to a remote area away from Longyearbyen. High on the mountain at Fjordnibba, overlooking Tempelfjorden was the perfect place to observe the eclipse from.

Fjordnibba, our observing site for today's solar eclipse.
Fjordnibba, our observing site for today’s solar eclipse.

The partial phases passed quickly and as the diamond ring approached, amazing shadow bands were seen across the snow. Totality once again passed all too quickly and the second diamond ring signalled the end of totality. To be in such an amazing, remote and wonderful place with crystal clear skies and watching the twilight at totality lighting the mountains has made this one of the most memorable eclipses I have seen.

Widefield image of Totality. Venus is visible in the top right of the image.
Widefield image of Totality. Venus is visible in the top right of the image.

Diamond Ring, just before totality.
Diamond Ring, just before totality.

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