Solar Eclipse 2015 - Where And When?

March 18th 2015
By: Melanie

This week we are going to be experiencing a solar eclipse, this is when the moon passes between the sun and the earth. The last total solar eclipse was in 1999 and the next is on the 20 March 2015 at 9.41 in the morning. The next one to be seen from the UK won't be until 23 September 2090.

Eclipses can only happen at a new moon, this is when the moon appears completely in shadow. The spectacular Supermoon eclipses can only be seen when the moon is full, and because the moon this Friday will be a new moon it won't be seen. Only the Faroe Islands and the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard will see a total eclipse.

However, it will block out the sun on Friday in rush hour, so drivers are being urged to keep their eyes on the roads rather than on the eclipse. People who are thinking of doing selfies during the eclipse are being warned that they could permanently damage their eyesight, because although the rays of the sun might appear dull, they could still damage leave lasting damage. Several schools in the UK have also stated that they are going to keep children out of the playgrounds due to health and safety.

Mr Scagell, vice President of the SPA, Society for Popular Astronomy told The Independent 'we've always had this problem with partial eclipses in particular. You need to cut down the light of the Sun by an enormous amount before you can look at it safely.'

Source: The Independent