Rare partial solar eclipse will appear over the UK and US TODAY: Watch LIVE as the crescent sun appears with a ‘bite taken out of it’ in the morning sky
- From the UK, a partial solar eclipse, beginning at 10:08 BST, will be visible
- The sun will appear as a crescent rather than a full circle in the morning sky
- About 30% of the sun will be blocked out in Scotland, and 20% in England
A stunning partial solar eclipse is set to appear for skygazers in the UK and US this morning, making the sun appear as a crescent in the morning sky.
During the event, about 30 per cent of the sun will be blocked out in Scotland, 20 per cent in southern England and as much as 70 per cent over Eastern US states.
British and Irish observers will see a crescent sun instead of a ring, and in the US, viewers will be able to see a partial eclipse at sunrise, another rare phenomenon.
In the UK the partial eclipse will begin at 10:08 BST, reaching maximum coverage – or about a third – at 11:13 BST, ending at 12:22 BST today.
Meanwhile, a rare type of solar eclipse that creates a ‘ring of fire’ will cast a dramatic shadow over Russia and Canada.
The ‘ring of fire’ solar eclipse occurs when the Moon is at its furthest from Earth and is therefore too far away to completely cover the Sun, leaving a ring of light.
The ring of fire is best viewed from Qaanaaq, a town in Northwest Greenland, but should be visible across much of Canada and Russia.
A stunning partial solar eclipse is set to appear for skygazers in the UK and US this morning, making the sun appear as a crescent in the morning sky
WHEN IS THE NEXT TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE?
The next US solar eclipse will take place on April 8, 2024, passing from Texas to Maine.
The next total solar eclipse after that is on August 12, 2026, and will be seen from the Arctic, Greenland, Iceland, Spain and Northeastern Portugal.
On September 2, 2035, China, northern Japan and Korea will witness a total solar eclipse.
Between 2023 and 2038, the greatest number of total solar eclipses will take place in Australia.
There will be five solar eclipses visible from the continent between April 20th, 2023 and December 26th, 2038.
The next total solar eclipse visible in the UK isn’t until 2093.
‘From the UK, the annular solar eclipse will be a partial eclipse, meaning that we’ll only see the Moon pass in front of a small part of the Sun,’ said Dr Emily Drabek-Maunder, an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.
She warned that looking directly at the Sun, even one partially eclipsed, can cause serious and permanent damage to the eyes.
‘Never look at the Sun directly or use standard sunglasses, it can cause serious harm to your eyes,’ added Dr Drabek-Maunder.
It also isn’t safe to look at the Sun through binoculars, telescopes or a camera lens without specialist filters – so best to avoid taking direct images.
Using a simple pinhole projector, solar eclipse viewing glasses, which can be purchased online, or special solar filters are viable alternatives.
‘You can make a projector by poking a small hole into a piece of card,’ said Dr Drabek-Maunder, adding you hold the card to the Sun so it shines through the hole on to a piece of paper placed behind the card.
‘You will be able to see the shape of the Sun projected on to the piece of paper and watch its shape change as the Moon passes in front of the Sun.’
The Royal Observatory Greenwich is also live-streaming the eclipse on its website and YouTube channel.
Views of the partial solar eclipse on Thursday will be ‘somewhat fleeting’ across certain parts of the UK due to cloudy skies, forecasters have said.
Skygazers in the UK and US will see a partial solar eclipse, with about 30 per cent of the Sun blocked out in Scotland, 20 per cent in southern England and as much as 70 per cent over Eastern US states
But those in central and south-east England will have clear spells to witness the spectacle, according to the Met Office.
Met Office spokesman Stephen Dixon told PA: ‘Thursday morning will see more cloud than recent days over east, south-east and much of southern England though some good breaks are likely with sunny spells.
‘Similar conditions are likely over east and north-east Scotland with all these areas having the best visibility of the solar eclipse.
‘There will be clear spells over much of central and south-east England.
‘Much of the far south-west of England, Wales, Northern Ireland, western and central Scotland will have more in the way of cloud cover, and whilst this may thin by day, the likelihood is that visibility of the eclipse will be somewhat fleeting.
‘It will be dry for many, particularly eastern areas, whilst western areas and high ground here are more likely to see some light rain and drizzle.’
Meanwhile, a rare type of solar eclipse that creates a ‘ring of fire’ around a blacked out Sun will cast a dramatic shadow over Russia and Canada
This unusual and rare sunrise eclipse will be visible up the Atlantic coast, according to astronomers.
From South Carolina and moving north, skygazers should look north just after sunrise to spot the Moon taking a bite out of our star as it slowly rises over the horizon.
Philadelphia, New York and Boston will see 70 per cent of our star eclipsed by the Moon during sunrise.
A small stretch of coast in the US, in New Jersey and New York, will see ‘red devil horns,’ also known as the crescent sun.
A solar eclipse occurs when the Sun, moon and Earth are in alignment such that the Moon appears – from certain locations – to completely block out the Sun in the sky
UK stargazers will see the sun with a ‘bite taken out of it’ as the highest level of eclipse will be 32 per cent in northern Scotland, going as low as 20 per cent in southern England.
The next partial eclipse after this, visible from the UK, will be on March 29, 2025 when 60 per cent of the sun will appear to be covered by the Moon.
This will be followed by another on August 12, 2026 where the UK will see up to 90 per cent of the sun obscured.
The UK won’t see a totality – where the disk of the Sun is fully obscured by the Moon – until July 23, 2093.
What is an annular eclipse and how does the stunning display happen?
Diagram of an annular eclipse
The spectacular eclipse is when a ‘burning ring’ appears in the Earth’s sky.
It happens when the Earth, Sun and Moon align as the Moon is at the furthest point away from Earth in its orbit.
This means it is unable to fully obscure the Sun, causing a ‘burning ring’ to appear in the sky.
This is shown in part B of the diagram on the left.
The fascinating light display happens every six months or so, but has not been visible from the UK since 2003.
The next time Britons will be able to see it will be on 10 June 2021, when it will be visible across the whole country.
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