Tag Archives: solar eclipse

Campers exposed by elements beyond the eclipse

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The folks trying to sell campers a more comfortable night’s sleep did so a bit too loudly. The Swedes were adroit and a bit authoritarian. And the Japanese were wasteful, much to their hosts’ delight.

Column: ‘I was exactly one of those people I now see as a bit of a nuisance’

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By Greg Goudey, guest contributor

I came to Svalbard/Longyearbyen for the first time in June of 2013 and, just like I expect most first time visitors think, I thought I was so cool because no one I knew had been to the Arctic.

Panic buyers, homeless visitors join sun as dim bits of Eclipse Week

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Obviously local businesses and plenty of homeowners made out – like bandits in some cases – but the high cost of seeing Svalbard’s dark side resulted in some dim moments from locals and the penny-pinched visiting hoards.

Dark day turns jeers and tears into cheers

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Those 147 seconds of clear sky during the total solar eclipse were like night and day in more than the literal sense.

Photo: Anyone got 49,000+ spare beds for the next eclipse?

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The sun sets over what might be Longyearbyen in the year 2061 (since climate change might result in temperatures closer to Spain’s than the North Pole’s), when an estimated 50,000 people are already pledging to visit to see Svalbard’s next total solar eclipse. The masses made their commitments within a few days of the debut of a “Solar Eclipse 2061” Facebook page set up by Adrian Paixao Nilsen of Lillestrøm. “It all started as an internal joke amongst me and my classmates,” he told NRK. “I had no idea that there was so much interest in this.” But he noted “my buddies and I are actually planning to have a reunion then and if others will be with us we will be ready with open arms.”

Icepeople PDF: March 24, 2105

icepeoplepdf032415It’s a new record for dimness with our first 12-page issue ever, courtesy of a total solar eclipse that cast light on Svalbard’s brightest and blackest sides. Unfortunate incidents such as a polar bear attacking a camper and a woman exiled for allegedly trying to set several buildings on fire were overlooked by nearly all when the skies finally cleared on Eclipse Day, providing longtime “shawdowflies” with what their called their best viewing experience ever. Check out this week’s PDF to see why more than 50,000 people are already making plans to see the next one here in the year 2061.

Reporter’s notebook: Hasty scribblings during the March 20 total solar eclipse

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“I’ve never seen so many phenomena during an eclipse,” said Kathy Biersdorff, a Calgary resident watching her 11th total solar eclipse since 1979. “You picked a fabulous one.”

Photo: It’s eclipse day – good morning!

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A group hoping to see the March 20 total solar eclipse, at far left, gets an early start walking out into Adventdalen, just beyond the east edge of Longyearbyen, as the sun rises into a largely clear sky at about 7 a.m. The weather forecast during the eclipse – which lasts from 10:11 a.m. and ends about two hours later, with the total blockage of the sun happening from 11:10:02-11:13:09 a.m. – is for partly cloudy skies, temperatures of -16C and mild winds.

Svalbard’s dark side: Blizzards, blackouts and blunders can cloud eclipse experience

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There are many ways the sun can be blocked from view. For almost everyone in Svalbard this week, only one of them is good.

Polar bear attacks group, injures tourist at Fredheim

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A polar bear attacked a tour group of six people early Thursday morning about 30 kilometers northeast of Longyearbyen, with one man rescued by helicopter after sustaining injuries to his face and arm not considered to be life threatening, according to The Governor of Svalbard.