A Celestial Trifecta Is Coming, Here’s What To Expect!
Tomorrow, our humble little planet will bear witness to a solar eclipse, the spring equinox, and a supermoon! The low odds of all three events happening in one day paired with Tuesday’s solar storm and resulting auroras make this a week for the books. I’ve decided to believe that it simply must be a sign of something great. Here’s what to expect and how to make the most of it!
The solar eclipse is the most hyped of the three celestial happenings, and with good reason – it’s the first and only one earthlings can expect to see this year. The moon will pass between the sun and the earth, completely covering the sun. The full eclipse will only be visible to a select few people on the planet. Those on the Faroe Islands, nestled between Iceland and Norway, will have the best view. Most of Europe will have a view of a partial eclipse. No part of the eclipse will be visible to the U.S., but Americans can watch a livestream of the action via Slooh Observatory or the Virtual Telescope Project. The stream will begin around 4:30a.m. EST, and if you’d rather sleep a little later, tune in at 5:45 a.m., which is when NASA predicts the most intense part of the eclipse will occur. Fret not if you’re feeling some FOMO, because the next solar eclipse visible from the US will take place in August 2017.
Solar eclipses have long been thought to impact the weather, and a study during a 1999 solar eclipse found that it changed the speed and direction of wind and initiated a temperature drop. Residents of Cornwall, England, who had a view of the full eclipse, reported “eerie winds” when the sun was fully blocked. Creepy! Insects, dogs and cats may act a bit out of sorts when the sun disappears. There’s some worry that power systems in Europe will be disrupted by the lack of sun, especially Germany’s system, which relies heavily on solar power. Scientists were able to prep their electricity grids for the event in advance
Historically, solar eclipses were a source of fear, but eclipse days are also known as a great time for new beginnings. Astrologically, they’re seen as a type of new moon, and arrive full of fresh starts. They sometimes shake up life with changes that are uncomfortable in the moment but lead to something more positive int he long run. Eclipses sounds a lot like the first week of January to me – they’re a time when we are more likely to commit to something new, make a promise, dream up big plans, make a decision, or find ourselves overwhelmed with the obligations weighing on us. Prepare yourself to feel some exciting momentum, and remember not to look directly at the eclipse! Follow scientists’ tips for safe viewing, because staring straight at the action can cause serious damage to your vision – and I’m no vibes expert, but staring right at an eclipse sounds like something that could conjure up some kind of curse, doesn’t it? Totally a curse. Don’t do it!
If you’re not already tuckered out from big eclipse-fueled changes, spring will officially begin in the Northern Hemisphere at 6:45 p.m. EST! The new season comes along with the spring equinox, in which the earth’s axis lines become perpendicular to sun rays. The equinox will not occur on the same day as a solar eclipse again until 2053 (and 2071 after that). The length of the day and night will be almost equal. This is another marker of a fresh start! It’s also designated as Earth Day in many parts of the world, though in the U.S., Earth Day is in April. It’s a great time to bask in gratitude for whatever parts of our natural environment are actually left at this point, and think about what we can do to keep the earth healthier.
That same evening, we can expect a supermoon. This happens about once a year when a new or full moon occurs while the moon is orbiting at its closest point to the earth, making it look freakishly big and beautiful. Some evidence exists that this impacts the earth’s tides as well as our planet’s natural disasters, but that remains up for debate. Studies insist that full moons do not cause more murders, psychiatric disturbances, or crimes, but that doesn’t mean they have no emotional impact. Astrologically, supermoons are thought to act like an amplified new moon or full moon, ushering in new beginnings and intense feelings. Expect both positive and negative emotions to run high. Women are particularly in tune with the moon’s mood effects, and tomorrow they may pick up on feelings the guys in their lives don’t catch. This is a great chance to connect with the people around us and learn to better understand each other’s feelings. We’re encouraged to use this time to contemplate our purpose on the earth.
Wake up tomorrow with a sense of optimism, because even more than most days, it’s a period in which anything can happen – especially the good stuff! Be enthusiastic toward new beginnings and be easygoing with yourself if your emotions are off-kilter. At the end of the day, you’re the one in charge of your own vibes. Magical things are happening! Astrology pros out there, is there anything we should know? Share in the comments!
[Image of Supermoon via Flickr]