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“The Cosmic Ballet Goes On”: Equinox, Eclipse, and Supermoon Align

In a rare event on 20 March, the spring equinox, a Supermoon and total solar eclipse will occur simultaneously; making for a memorable show.



On March 20th a rare trio of solar events was witnessed in the most northern parts of the world: the spring equinox, a supermoon, and a total solar eclipse.

Individually, the celestial events are not uncommon: a supermoon is visible every time the moon’s orbit comes closest to earth, the vernal equinox occurs annually, and total solar eclipses happen approximately four time a year.

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To have all three coincide, however, is so rare it has not happened since the 17th century!

The In-and-Out’s of the Spring Equinox, Total Solar Eclipse & Supermoon

Though the total solar eclipse was only viewable from polar regions, many other parts of the world observed a partial eclipse and all latitudes experienced exactly twelve hours of light and twelve hours of night due to the equinox.

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The title of this article is in memory of two amazing human beings: Leonard Nimoy and Sam Simon. Mr. Nimoy spoke the title line as Spock in an episode of producer Sam Simon’s popular show “The Simpsons”. See the clip below.

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Read more about the “cosmic ballet” at The Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.

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Kristen E. Strubberg is the Editor-in-Chief for TGNR. Kristen founded TGNR in 2013 - seeking to create a high quality platform for original, eclectic and substantive positive news journalism by attracting expert contributors in many varying subjects. Kristen also works as a clinical medical researcher in Cardiology, with an original background in Neuroscience. Her passion for science has translated to her science-fiction specialization, with her highly adept published insights into the best of sci-fi’s popular culture. Kristen has served as TGNR’s Editor-in-Chief since 2013.