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


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.”