Once the eclipse goes total at 11.10 a.m., it almost becomes night for 2 minutes and 27 seconds. Stars and planets can be seen against the dark sky. The ghostly light from the suns corona creeps out and streches for millions of kilometers through space.
“But”, says Pål Brekke, a solar physicist and polar lights expert at The University Centre In Svalbard, “if we 're extremely lucky, we get to see the northern lights during the eclipse.”
“It would be an exeptional event. A world sensation. I’ve never seen anything like that before” he says, adding that chances aren’t so bad - if the weather is good.
“Auroral activity has been high this winter.”