Could solar eclipse happens at midnight? It's like a silly question. However, Knut Joergen Roed Oedegaard, an astrophysicist from the Norwegian Centre for Science Education, said the phenomenon may occur and will occur at midnight today, June 1, 2011.
"It's probably like a contradiction to experience the eclipse of the sun at night. But, this is what will be seen in the area of northern Norway, Sweden, and Finland on June 1st today,"he said as quoted Spacedaily.com Oedegaard, Wednesday (1 / 6 / 2011).
How did it happen? Oedegaard said, when the northern hemisphere experienced this summer, the Arctic did not experience the sun sank. So, in principle, solar eclipses can happen anytime.
Eclipse is going to happen today is a partial solar eclipse. This eclipse is the eclipse of the sun's first midnight after July 31, 2000 and the most since 1985. Local residents have to wait until 2084 to witness the midnight sun eclipses deeper.
Johny Setiawan, an astronomer at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, said, "The total solar eclipse can also occur in the middle of the night, such as might occur on December 4, 2021 and December 15, 2039 at the south pole, where December is the season were hot and the sun never never drown. "
To eclipse this time, Fred Espenak of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, said other areas can also be seen, but not at midnight. Some of the region including China, Siberia, Iceland, Alaska, Japan, North Korea, and Canada.
Area Reykjavik, Iceland, will experience an eclipse just before dusk today. While China and the Siberian region will experience it on Thursday (06/02/2011) dawn tomorrow. Interestingly, according to space.com publication, China and Siberia regions will experience first. So as if the eclipse began on June 2, 2011 and ending on June 1, 2011.