Annular Solar Eclipse at the North Pole
If you happen to be at the North Pole, then hopefully you were there back in 2003 to watch the annular Solar Eclipse. It won’t happen again until 2050. According to AGU Newsroom, “On 10 June 2021, the moon’s shadow darkened much of the Earth’s northern polar region, providing scientists with an unprecedented opportunity to explore the impacts natural events have in Earth’s geospace, thousands of kilometers above Earth.”
It affected the auroras in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres. According to Researcher Tong Dang, “Excitingly, we found that the aurora and upper atmosphere were disturbed in the Southern Hemisphere where the eclipse did not cover. This is because the upper atmosphere in the two hemispheres is connected through the magnetic field lines and the magnetosphere.” Either way, it won’t happen again for another couple of decades, and it’s unlikely that most of us will witness it in the North Pole (News).