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Old 11-03-2015, 02:38 AM   #1
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Default Solar Eclipse of the Sun 2015 in UK

Hi Guys,
Just thought I'd mention this but on 20th March this year, we are going to experience a near total eclipse of the Sun in the UK !
It will happen on Friday 20th March, starts at 8.20am, Maximum 9.32am, Last contact 10.41am.
The last time this happened in the UK was 1961 and the next will be in 2090.
Of course this will all depend on weather !!!!

NEVER LOOK AT THE SUN with a telescope
There are some quite inexpensive glasses on line now.
It will start in the southeast of the sky.
Finger crossed for the weather !!!

Andy H
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Old 11-03-2015, 04:56 PM   #2
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Wow on my Son's birthday as well - lights out
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Old 11-03-2015, 08:22 PM   #3
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Don't forget your solar specs.
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Old 11-03-2015, 11:45 PM   #4
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Default How To Gift-Wrap An Eclipse? Perhaps Like This...

Reminds me of a similar occasion here some years ago, when a solar eclipse took place on what turned out to be my brother's birthday. The local science museum's gift shop was offering special black T-shirts with a colorful eclipse design and the date. I got him one, and do believe he enjoyed it!




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Old 12-03-2015, 01:15 AM   #5
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Actually the last time we had a nearly 90% eclipse in the UK was 11 August 1999. I projected it through binoculars and filmed the projected image.

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Old 14-03-2015, 04:38 PM   #6
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I won't be going out anywhere on that Friday when the solar eclipse starts.
I will be staying home on that day.I'm not that brainless to risk losing his
eyesight from this.
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Old 19-03-2015, 07:14 PM   #7
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As long as you don't try to stare at the sun there is no risk in "going out". One of the safest ways to watch it is to take a mirror and wrap it in paper and cut a circular hole in the paper - maybe 1" diameter and use the mirror to reflect the sun's image onto a wall in the shade. As long as you don't point the mirror at anyone its probably the safest way to watch the eclipse.

By the way it starts at about 8.40 am and max coverage will be about 9.30. In the UK we'll get between about 85% and 98% cover depending how far North you are.
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Old 19-03-2015, 09:58 PM   #8
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I know all of those things.
Why the heck do you think I am staying inside my home for,
I am just one of those guys who just want to play it safe.
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Old 19-03-2015, 11:26 PM   #9
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The nearest I've ever been to a total solar eclipse was the 1991 Baja California, Mexico eclipse. Alas, we here in Cali proper were just outside the totality path; but I still remember coming outside at 11:30 or so in the morning and the sunlight was so diminished by then that I did not have to squint or even wear sunglasses! It really was amazing...



(And no, I did not look up at the mostly-eclipsed sun - that's safe only during totality!)



I'd still like to be in the right spot at the right time, during my life, to see the whole thing go dark, though. While I've since seen a total annular solar eclipse (1992; only a thin annulus/ring of sunlight; no corona), I still want to see that corona!

Here's hoping everyone will have good viewing weather!
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Old 19-03-2015, 11:44 PM   #10
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Weather is key, true
I don't know what time it will happen in the USA ? do you know ?

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Old 20-03-2015, 12:02 AM   #11
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Alas, we're missing out on this one, as it will be nighttime here when it occurs...

Should be a number of sites to view it online, though - might have to either stay up late or get up early for live broadcast, depending on what time zone you're in!
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Old 20-03-2015, 12:29 AM   #12
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Oh dear, well it will be all over the net and news...
Really only way to see it for sure is to get in a plane and go up about 25,000 feet.
I haven't got the money for that, and to be honest it's too late now.
btw, I saw a pair of solar glasses on ebay today for 2,000... don't know how the would get em in time...
Got mine a few weeks ago.
Anyway set my clock for 8.00am.
So off to bed in a minute.

Good luck everyone that tries to see it.

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Old 20-03-2015, 08:15 AM   #13
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Sun's getting higher in the sky here, still some cloud but quite a lot of blue sky - expecting around 92% here if we're able to see it. Cannot wait for it to go almost completely dark!

Will try and post again soon, good luck to all interested viewers, wherever you all are.....

Kindest regards

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Well don't know what everyone else saw but to paraphrase Han Solo it was a dark grey blur now its a light grey blur - cloudy morning in Moodiesburn
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Over Bathgate we had grey clouds in abundance but, bizarrely enough, the cloud cover allowed us to see what was going on behind it. At sporadic intervals we could clearly see the moon as it moved across the sun. The same effect occurred over Milton of Campsie.

I'd rather have witnessed it this way than with a clear blue sky - I sure won't be around for the repeat in 2090!

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Old 20-03-2015, 10:28 AM   #16
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We saw the eclipse (about 80-ish percent) through a pinhole projected on a wall down here in Swindon, whilst watching Brian Cox on the TV.
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100% cloud cover here in Berkshire so sat down to watch the BC coverage and then at 9.20 the electricity went off!!! Then I remembered a letter we got a couple of weeks ago that warned us of this happening, except I thought it was last Friday... oh boogger!
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Old 20-03-2015, 01:19 PM   #18
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Managed to get out and catch a glimpse of the partial eclipse. I thought it might get darker though.

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Old 21-03-2015, 11:04 PM   #19
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I know all of those things.
Why the heck do you think I am staying inside my home for,
I am just one of those guys who just want to play it safe.
There is being safe and being safe. As far as I know the eclipse didn't occur in Canada and it was night anyway!

Here are some photos I got here in Edinburgh. Far better weather than was forecast but the clouds arrived just in time for maximum coverage. Though that turned out to be even better as you could view it directly and get photos. Up to that point I was photographing a projection via binoculars.

Keith
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Old 21-03-2015, 11:10 PM   #20
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I'd rather have witnessed it this way than with a clear blue sky - I sure won't be around for the repeat in 2090!
There is a similar eclipse in 2026. The 2090 one you refer to will be a total eclipse from the UK.

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