Solar eclipse kicks off day of 3 major celestial events

The sun is pictured during a partial solar eclipse on March 20, 2015 in Munich, Germany. (Photo: ABC News)

A total solar eclipse was visible in the Faroe Islands today. The eclipse was a dazzling display that kicked off a day of major celestial events.

People on the Faroe Islands, located in the North Atlantic halfway between Iceland and Norway, had the front-row seats to see the eclipse, which happened early Friday morning as the new moon completely covered the sun.

The total solar eclipse seen from Svalbard, Norway, March 20, 2015. An eclipse is darkening parts of Europe on Friday in a rare solar event that won't be repeated for more than a decade. | AP Photo
The total solar eclipse seen from Svalbard, Norway, March 20, 2015. An eclipse is darkening parts of Europe on Friday in a rare solar event that won’t be repeated for more than a decade. | AP Photo

A partial solar eclipse was also visible in most of Europe.

This is the world’s first total solar eclipse since November 2013.

PHOTO: People wait for the start of a total solar eclipse on a hill beside a hotel overlooking the sea and Torshavn, the capital city of the Faeroe Islands, March 20, 2015.
People wait for the start of a total solar eclipse on a hill beside a hotel overlooking the sea and Torshavn, the capital city of the Faeroe Islands, March 20, 2015. | AP Photo
The United States will have its turn to enjoy a total solar eclipse when it passes over the country on Aug. 21, 2017, according to NASA.
 People watch in darkness during the totality of a solar eclipse on as seen from a hill beside a hotel on the edge of the city overlooking Torshavn, the capital city of the Faeroe Islands, March 20, 2015. | AP Photo
People watch in darkness during the totality of a solar eclipse on as seen from a hill beside a hotel on the edge of the city overlooking Torshavn, the capital city of the Faeroe Islands, March 20, 2015. | AP Photo
Supermoon

The moon will also reach perigee on Friday, the point where it is closest to the Earth, creating a supermoon — albeit a dark one — that will add another element to the total solar eclipse.

Spring Equinox

Get ready for spring if you live in the northern hemisphere.

The official start of spring, the vernal equinox, will be marked on Friday at 6:45 p.m. ET when the Earth’s axis lines up perpendicularly to the sun’s rays — marking one of the two equinoxes that occur each year.

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