A Once in a Lifetime Astronomical Shred Experience
Stian Aaland, an adventurer and amateur filmmaker, planned to be in the right place at the right time, and snowboarded during last week’s total solar eclipse. He set out on his splitboard on a glacier in Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, and positioned himself in the right place to capture the incredible spectacle.
Total solar eclipses are astronomical phenomenas that occur when the moon passes in front of the sun and casts a shadow on the earth, momentarily blocking the sun rays for a period of darkness. To experience this extraordinary event, you must be in a location where the moon’s shadow is cast.
“I’m on a lonely mountain top, I have my splitboard, and I’m going to try to snowboard during a total solar eclipse– It’ll be a once in lifetime experience,” said Aaland as he geared up for the astounding event.
Aaland’s excitement for what he witnessed increased exponentially as his surroundings become darker and darker, until the entire sun became blocked out, and only a vivid ring indicating the sun’s circumference was visible.
“This is the craziest thing I’ve ever seen!” Exclaimed the excited Norwegian, making the the double rainbow guy seem like even more of a kook.
Aaland was alone in the backcountry of Svalbard, and had a rifle in his backpack as a precaution to mitigate polar bear attacks, as they are are known to roam the area.
The next total solar eclipse will take place on August 21, 2017, and will be visible in the United States. It’s the first time in 26 years that a total solar eclipse will be viewable in the States, and can be seen in several cities spanning across the US. There will be several locations that will still have snow, so you can potentially snowboard during the eclipse. Stay tuned for more stories about incredible space spectacle and where you can snowboard!