Solar Eclipse set to hit UK

On the 20th of March 2015 there is going to be a solar eclipse affecting most of Europe, starting at 8:45am and last a couple of hours. A solar eclipse happens when the moon moves directly between the sun and the Earth.

It is unusual because the Sun, Moon and Earth all have to perfectly align to create a total eclipse. The total eclipse is only set to last for 2 minutes and 45 seconds however is is still going to challenge the UK’s power supply’s. This will happen because many people now use solar panels and it is expected that the power from them could drop as much as 75% during the solar eclipse.

Eye experts have also warned that you should not look directly at the the eclipse or take a picture of it using a smart phone as it will damage your eyes. To be safe you shouldn’t use sunglasses as they provide no protection from the eclipse. You would be safer using a cheap homemade device such as a pin hole projector.

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