Yesterday morning at approximately 09:30 GMT thousands of people across Northern Ireland and the UK witnessed a partial solar eclipse as the moon moved across the face of the sun, temporarily submerging the region in darkness.
Although partial solar eclipses are a fairly common occurrence, with one taking place every few years, scientists report that this morning’s eclipse will be the most complete solar eclipse that Northern Ireland and the UK will experience until 2026.
The eclipse reached a visibility of 95% in the Belfast region and as high as 98% in northernmost parts of Scotland. A total eclipse was visible from the Faroe Islands, a group of islands which sit far north of Belfast between Norway and Iceland.
Some people in the Belfast area became concerned as an overcast sky threatened to block the eclipse from view. However at the moment of the eclipse sky watchers at Queen’s University Belfast were not disappointed. Student Nathan Lynch commented, “It was pretty cool. There were about 200 people in front of the Whitla Hall and about 20 telescopes. The clouds parted just at the climax of the eclipse. It was great.”
For more information regarding this year’s eclipse, check out the BBC’s report:
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