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Special celestial events are upon us on 20th March 2015.

Solar Eclipse Graphics

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On Friday, 20th March, the larger-than-average new supermoon swings right in front of the sun to totally block out the solar disk. Although you have to be at the just right spot on Earth to witness this total eclipse of the sun (which are the Faroe Islands and the Svalbard archipelago), a much larger swath of the world gets to see varying degrees of a partial solar eclipse (Greenland, Iceland, Europe, northern Africa, the Middle East and northwestern Asia).

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The eclipse starts at 07:41 UTC and ends at 11:50 UTC. (earthsky.org)

And on the very same day there’s the Spring equinox in the Northern hemisphere and just one day later, Osho’s Enlightenment Day… and on the latter day, approximately three million Balinese will celebrate Nyepi, the Day of Silence which no doubt will add to the impact of all these events.

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