During the partial solar eclipse, those in southern Germany in particular were able to observe with special goggles or filters how the moon moved in front of the star in the center of our solar system. "You could see it well south of the Danube. It was clear there," said a spokesman for the German Weather Service in Offenbach. There was also a clear view south of Stuttgart to Lake Constance. Elsewhere one had to hope for gaps in the clouds.
According to the German Weather Service (DWD), people in Berlin and Brandenburg were able to observe the partial solar eclipse on Tuesday “rather poorly”. It was variable to heavily cloudy, said a meteorologist from the DWD. There were also local gaps in the clouds and brief sunny periods.
According to a survey by the Yougov Institute, 63 percent of those surveyed said they would observe the phenomenon if the weather cooperated. 30 percent were not interested and seven percent gave no answer.
A solar eclipse is a rare event because several factors must come together for it to happen. According to the star friends, it can only occur at new moon and when the moon is exactly between the earth and the sun. Due to the inclination of the moon's orbit, it usually passes above or below the sun. There are a maximum of two to four solar eclipses a year somewhere on earth.