WATCH: Friday's partial solar eclipse in Tallinn (3)

Solar eclipse as seen in Estonia (Keily Laurits)
3/18/2015 1:56 PM
Category: Environment

A partial solar eclipse could be observed in Estonia on Friday.

The eclipse could been seen in Estonia from 11:00 to 13:17. Sadly, after a week of sunshine, the clouds blocked any direct view but did not make it completely invisible.

The next partial eclipse of this scope won't be visible in Estonia until October 2022.

The sun should never be observed with the naked eye or through ordinary unfiltered binoculars or an unfiltered telescope, as this can damage eyesight. Click here to read how to observe the sun safely.

Estonian eclipse mythology is first mentioned in the Livonian Chronicle of Henry. Henry records a story of a Cistercian monk Theoderich, who Estonians blamed for eating the sun. "The sun being eaten up has always been a popular narrative motif," said Ülo Valk, professor of comparative folklore at the University of Tartu.

In Saaremaa, for example, the old folk blamed puppies, who "chew on the sun", and in Võru county the maggots.

There is also an old belief that the sun needs to be cleaned every now and again. "Look! It's much brighter now, it is brighter!" Estonians used to call out to each other.

M. Oll

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