3 celestial events Friday

3 Celestial Events Friday: Solar Eclipse, Supermoon, Spring Equinox All Slated For Friday

Three celestial events will happen on Friday. According to KSNT, a solar eclipse, a supermoon, and the spring equinox will all be taking place on the same day — March 20 — and you should be able to witness one, if not all of these things (you can’t actually see the spring equinox, but it will have an impact on the length of your days moving forward)!

For starters, a solar eclipse occurs when the sun and the moon line up in orbit. This will occur around 3:30 a.m. EST on Friday, making the sun look very dark in color. Basically, the moon will block the earth’s view of the sun, making it look like a large black circle with a fiery halo around it — it’s something super cool that not many people get to see in a lifetime.

The second of the three celestial events to occur on Friday will be a supermoon. According to The Independent, this will be the third supermoon of 2015, and there will be three more after this one (one in August, one in September, and the sixth in October). The supermoon refers to how large the moon looks from earth as it passes our planet closer than usual. If you look up at the moon at night, it will look bigger, and brighter, sometimes appearing to have an orange or red glow (see photo above).

Lastly, the spring equinox will make days in the northern hemisphere longer.

“On March 20, the Earth’s axis will be perpendicular to the sun’s rays — which only happens twice a year, at the two equinoxes. After that, it will start tipping over, making the days longer in the northern hemisphere.”

While many people are intrigued by these celestial events, it’s important to note that looking directly at the sun isn’t a good idea. Some say that looking at a solar eclipse can cause a person to lose his or her eyesight. Check out this article by the Inquisitr to see how you should go about checking out the sky on Friday.

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