Biggest solar eclipse in 16 years set to plunge Britain into darkness.....
Biggest solar eclipse in 16 years set to plunge Britain into darkness
The biggest solar eclipse for 16 years will block out as much as 90% of the sunlight across Formby and parts of the UK next month.
The moon will pass in front of the sun on Friday, March 20, casting a huge shadow over the Earth.
The partial eclipse will last for around two hours and be visible across Europe.
In Formby, the solar eclipse will start at about 8.40am
The maximum eclipse is expected at around 9.30am
The eclipse will end around 10:40am
According to NASA, these are the safest ways to look at the eclipse:
Projection: Place a pinhole or small opening in a card, and hold it between the sun and a screen - giant sheet of white paper works - a few feet away. An image of the sun will be seen on the screen.
Filters: The sun can be viewed directly only when using filters specifically designed for eclipses. These filters usually have a thin layer of aluminum, chromium or silver deposited on their surfaces.
The eclipse is also expected to put a strain on energy supplies because of the increasing reliance on solar power. Speaking to the Telegraph, the European Network Transmission System Operators for Electricity said:
The risk of incident cannot be completely ruled out. Solar eclipses have happened before but with the increase of installed photovoltaic energy generation, the risk of an incident could be serious without appropriate countermeasures.
– EUROPEAN NETWORK TRANSMISSION SYSTEM OPERATORS FOR ELECTRICITY
If you miss it, the next total solar is due on 12 August 2026.