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A Solar Eclipse AND A Supermoon Happening On The Same Day: March 20, 2015

03/19/2015 02:53 EDT | Updated 03/19/2015 02:59 EDT

It's one thing to experience a supermoon on its own, but to have it occur on the same day as a total solar eclipse is a rare confluence of events. And this, right after a magnificent display of the northern lights!

What makes this an even rarer occurrence is it's taking place on the first day of spring (a.k.a. the vernal equinox), on Friday, March 20. Unfortunately, this time around, the supermoon will be invisible to Earth because it's a new moon.

So will you be able to see the eclipse in Canada? The bad news is most Canadians won't get to see the total solar eclipse. The best views will go to people in Europe, and parts of Africa and Asia. High-latitude countries like Greenland and Iceland will be able to see the total eclipse.

There's a small chance some St. John's, NL residents could sneak a glimpse, but most Canadians will have to wait for two upcoming total lunar eclipses -- one on April 4, 2015 (for Ontarians and western Canada) and the other on Sept. 28, 2015 (for Ontarians, Quebecers, Maritimers and parts of Nunavut).

The positive thing is, despite Canadians missing out on this cosmic phenomena, we can take solace (solstice?) in the fact that at 6:45 pm ET on March 20, spring has officially arrived.

If you're not in the right spot to view the eclipse and you really want to see this once-in-many-decades event, you can watch it online. The Slooh Community Observatory will host a live, two-and-a-half-hour broadcast of the event starting at 4:30 a.m. ET Friday.

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