The solar eclipse of March 20th 2015 was observed in Finland

  • Observed phenomena: Solar eclipse
  • Type of eclipse: Partial, 87,7%
  • Type of observation: Positive
  • Date and time: 20.3.2015; 09:05-11:17 UT
  • Observing place: Kiiminki, Oulu, Finland
  • Observing method: Photography
  • Technical information about photographing equipment: Camera: Canon EOS 1100D, telescope: refractor 4”/f9.8 (L102/1000mm), AstroSolar-filter
  • Observing conditions: Clear sky most of the time

The weather forecast for the site I’m still dwelling (Kuusamo, Northeastern Finland) weren’t very promising for the eclipse day, but instead the sky was predicted to be totally clear in Oulu region (200 km southwest from Kuusamo) according to the Finnish Meteorological Institute. In the early hours of March 20th, I woke up and made a decision to drive to Oulu to observe the eclipse. I was driving towards Oulu when sky totally cleared up, and I decided to stay in village of Kiiminki 20km northeast of Oulu to observe the eclipse. I was observing in a parking lot of a service station/gas station in Kiiminki. The place was busy with lot’s of people, but it offered an open view towards southern sky.

The sky was totally clear during most of the duration of the eclipse. Only during late eclipse some clouds interfered a little. During maximum eclipse I could easily observe how the intensity of the light decreased, and somekind of twilight appeared. But very soon after the maximum eclipse, the lighting returned back to normal full daylight lighting. It appears to be so, that the effect of the eclipse to the lighting of the landscape and environment can be observed only in eclipses that are at least as deep as this one was (87,7%) or deeper. So, this was a succesfull attempt in observing this relatively rare natural phenomena!

I’m convinced that I made the right decision to drive 200 kilometers after the eclipse, because weather was totally cloudy here in Kuusamo according to the locals. Here’s a photo of the eclipsed Sun during the maximum eclipse.

@ 10:11 UT, maximum eclipse
@ 10:11 UT, maximum eclipse
A series of photos showing the progress of the eclipse.

Midnight sun eclipse was seen in Northern Finland

Observed phenomena: Solar eclipse
Type of eclipse: Partial, 59%
Type of observation: Positive
Date and time: 1.6.2011, 22:30-23:50
Observing place: Utsjoki, Finland
Observing method: Photography, digiscoping
Technical information about photographing equipment: Camera: Olympus mu 1030 SW, astrosolar filter, L102/1000mm -telescope
Observing conditions: Clear sky

The rare eclipse of the midnight sun was seen 1.-2.6.2011 in many places of Northern Scandinavia, including Utsjoki, Finland. Me and 25  other eclipse enthusiasts were lucky to see the eclipse in the top of the Ailigastunturi fell, Utsjoki, Finland.

I’m not a photgrapher, but I tried to take some photos just through the ocular. I was using my 102/1000mm lens scope, Astrosolar filter and Olympus Mu 1030 SW digital camera.

The eclipse was partial, in the total phase 59% of the Sun was behind the Moon. The weather was favourable during the whole event, sky was clear, although it was slightly chilly. But the coldness wasn’t a problem because the there were a camp fire in the top of the fell where one could grill sausages and drink coffee offered by the village association of Utsjoki! All in all, this eclipse was memorable and fascinating event, which won’t happen again until 2015 here in Finland. Thanks for all those wonderful people who were there with us to share and witness that amazing natural phenomenon!

January 2011 partial solar eclipse was observed in Ulvila, Finland

Observed phenomena: Solar eclipse
Type of eclipse: Partial, 85%
Type of observation: Positive
Date and time: 4.1.2011, 10:25-11:45
Observing place: Ulvila observatory
Observing method: Visual
Observing conditions: Clear sky

A partial, but deep (85%) solar eclipse happened on 4th of January 2011. I was observing this eclipse in Ulvila, Finland in the observatory of astronomy club Porin Karhunvartijat. This time me and other observers in Ulvila were lucky, because the phenomena was visible almost from the beginning to end and sky was clear  during the whole duration of the eclipse! Only in the beginning there were some clouds, but they went away! It was fun to watch this eclipse, although it was only a partial eclipse!