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The Solar Eclipse

Updated Thursday, 19th March 2015

On Friday 20 March 2015, the whole of the UK will be able to view a partial eclipse of the Sun. 

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Woman viewing solar eclipse through telescope Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime - On the morning of Friday 20 March 2015 the Moon will come between the Earth and the Sun and cause a shadow to be cast on Earth. Those residing in a very small band across the Earth's surface will see a full eclipse, but here in the UK we will see what is called a partial eclipse - if the sky is clear we will be able to see the Moon partially cover the Sun, which is quite a rare event and not to be missed! 

If you plan on taking our advice and viewing the eclipse then please ensure you do so safely by following the guidelines below:

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