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Millions view eclipse over UK and Europe

By T.K. Randall
March 20, 2015 · Comment icon 21 comments

A total eclipse is a once-in-a-lifetime event for many people. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Takeshi Kuboki
A solar eclipse provided a breathtaking spectacle this morning despite predominantly cloudy weather.
Large numbers of eager sky-watchers turned out earlier today across the British Isles and parts of northern Europe to catch a glimpse of the moment that the moon passed in front of the sun.

One of the best viewing spots was the Faroe Islands which, despite being mostly overcast, offered the experience of a total eclipse to those who had a clear view of the sun at around 9:40am GMT.
All parts of the UK saw a minimum of 83% totality.

"This is the first big partial eclipse to happen in the UK since 1999, and the next one isn't until August 2026, so this is a once-in-a-generation opportunity," said Prof Giles Harrison.

"By observing what happens on Friday we are effectively turning the skies of Britain into a giant weather lab, giving us a rare chance to see what happens when you 'turn down the Sun.'"

Source: BBC News | Comments (21)

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Comment icon #12 Posted by Still Waters 9 years ago
In today's news, video included - Millions of people across Europe have defied gloomy weather forecasts to watch a solar eclipse cast its shadow across the continent.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Border Collie 9 years ago
Pity about the clouds. Still, epic
Comment icon #14 Posted by WoIverine 9 years ago
There's a couple more red moons later this year, the next one is on the Jewish Passover day of 4/4/2015, and the one after that is on the Jewish day of Sukkot on 9/28/2015 which should actually be a supermoon as well, definitely a great show for sky watchers.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Yes_Man 9 years ago
Went to see it but it was clouded over, it did get dark for like 20 mins but it was slight dark
Comment icon #16 Posted by She-ra 9 years ago
Here is a clip I found of the eclipse for those that missed it Enjoy!
Comment icon #17 Posted by Mike D boy 9 years ago
Thanx She-ra! A safe way to view a total solar eclipse by not looking directly at it. I wish to be there when it happens, would be exciting and special.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Talion78 9 years ago
Clear skies in Wales, used a mobile phone to view it....never tried it before but it seemed to reflect off the lens and provide a secondary sun on the image showing the eclipse.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Shayde 9 years ago
Aside from being stuck on a bus - and on the wrong side of it - going into work, saw a bit of the eclipse. However, watching the folk watching the eclipse was far more entertaining. For example, one twit on her cell phone, moaning that: "How can I see it, if I can't look at the sun?"
Comment icon #20 Posted by Red Moon 9 years ago
I took a picture of the sun eclipse
Comment icon #21 Posted by stevemagegod 9 years ago
Dont care it wasnt in America.

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