Here’s a short video beginning just before totality and running until shortly after, from the eclipse at Svalbard today. At the beginning, the sun appears to be out as usual while obviously something is up because meanwhile it’s getting dark on the ground.
This is why as it was seen across other parts of Europe and Africa today, a partial eclipse just won’t do. Annie Dillard wrote that the difference between a partial eclipse and a total one is the difference between kissing a man and marrying him.
That’s it. The two just can’t be compared.
Totality seems really long on this little video screen, but that 2:27 went by in an instant out there on the tundra.