It’s been a year-and-a-half (Nov. 3, 2013) since little brother moon last stood up to the sun. But that great sibling rivalry in the sky–featuring our two most familiar heavenly bodies–continues this week. On March 20, the moon will completely cover this disk of the sun, creating a total solar eclipse. (The sun is such a show-off, so explosive, the moon so mellow and cool it’s nice to see it grab the spotlight!)
But how can you see it? The first way is in person, though just a fraction of the earth will have a good view because the eclipse has a northern trajectory. Southern Greenland is a good spot. The Danish Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic Ocean are ideal. Much of Europe will see it, especially in the north. Northern Scotland will see a 95% reduction in sunlight. Not in the mood to travel, but don’t mind waking up early? The Internet is here to help. The Slooh Community Observatory will start streaming the eclipse at 4:30 a.m. EDT. And the Virtual Telescope Project 2.o will also stream the action, beginning at 4am. The Virtual Telescope will ask for a donation, but it’s not obligatory.