Stargazing the 20 March 2015 Solar Eclipse

The BBC’s Stargazing Live returns tonight, 8pm BBC 2, with three consecutive nights of live programmes to coincide with the total solar eclipse on Friday 20 March 2015[It is an annual series! – Ed]Stargazing Live is, yes.  Not necessarily total solar eclipses, though.  And this solar eclipse is the only one, total or otherwise, to be visible from Europe for the next few years.  ESA’s mini-satellites will have a better view.  But not as good a view as this…   The BBC has some tips on how you can watch a solar eclipse safely.

Unless you’re planning to be on the Faroe Islands on Friday morning, you’ll probably have to make do with a partial solar eclipse.  That said, as this Met Office map from the BBC shows, the view from the UK and Ireland will be of an up to 97-98% eclipse of the solar disc.  This will be the deepest eclipse in the UK and Ireland since 1999, and until 2026.

Solar Eclipse Map UK Ireland 20 March 2015

More precise details about Friday’s solar eclipse are available from here.  For Belfast, the eclipse begins on Friday morning [20 March] at just after 8.26 am, maximum (94% solar disc coverage) at around 9.30 am, and ending just before 10.39 am [all GMT].

Solar Eclipse Belfast UK 2015 Mar 20

All visibility weather permitting, of course…

  • mickfealty

    I liked the gif here:

  • eiregain

    i vaguely remember 99s eclipse, (i was a fresh faced boy) and am now genuinely excited to see a partial eclipse of this magnitude. Alongside Jupiters moon alignment (every 6 years or so) and the solar mass ejections (creating large auroras) we havent had a better week for astronomy in ireland in a long time. Im glad to be young enough now, i may survive long enough to see the next partial in 2026 and the next total in 85 years (assuming il live to 110 of course)

  • Neil
  • chrisjones2

    Agree completely. I saw one once but I cannot for the life of me remember when …i just remember that it felt odd no matter how rationally I understood what was happening

  • That link is already in the original post. ;p

  • Complete cloud cover for the eclipse here at the yurt. Not even a glimpse.
    But it did get dark enough for the local street lights to spring into action for about 10 minutes around maximum solar disc coverage.

  • Croiteir

    as dark as a good thunderstorm but not even close as far as excitement or spectacle is concerned