Look out for solar eclipse

Solar eclipse is due to take place next Friday, March 20
Solar eclipse is due to take place next Friday, March 20

Sky watchers are gearing up for a special event next Friday, March 20, when a solar eclipse takes place across the Arctic and in the far northern regions of Europe.

According to a statement on the Met Office website, this will be the last total solar eclipse in Europe for over a decade, with the next one not visible until 2026.

The UK will experience the natural phenomenon as a deep, partial eclipse as the moon’s orbit travels in front of the sun, casting a shadow over the Earth.

The Met Office statement explains: “Europe will see between 30-98% coverage depending on location, with a higher percentage of the sun obscured as you move further north.

“All of England will witness a partial eclipse of over 80% with over 90% of the sun obscured when viewing the partial eclipse in Scotland.

“There will also be a ‘supermoon’ the evening before the eclipse, meaning the Earth and Moon are as close together as they can be.

“This makes this 2015 Spring Equinox eclipse a supermoon eclipse, meaning a supermoon, equinox and eclipse will all fall on the same day.”

The partial eclipse will take place around 9.30am

For more info and details including the time of the solar eclipse, and cloud forecast on the day, log on at www.metoffice.gov.uk/events/partial-solar-eclipse