PicturePartial solar eclipse of 20th March, 2015. Russell King
Here in the East Midlands, we have had mixed reviews on the weather. Some people had a completely clear event except for the last few minutes. Others report reasonable conditions, although the clouds did their best to interrupt the proceedings. However, thanks to long exposure photography, the series of images you see to the left was captured though cloud.

As we approached maximum, the light levels visibly dropped making the clouds look dark and threatening, as if a storm was brewing. Unlike a total eclipse, there was no effect on the wildlife nor were there multiple shadows.

PictureSolar eclipse maximum, Neil Cuthbertson
This clear, crisp image of the solar eclipse, at maximum, was taken from Nottinghamshire at 08:30 on 20th March, 2015. A white light filter was used on a small refractor to make it safe to look through.  The same filter also causes the background sky to appear black.

The event was a fantastic spectacle that was enjoyed by many. The next partial solar eclipse visible from the UK is  11th august, 2018.  However, you wont have to wait too long for the next lunar eclipse that is visible from the UK on 28th September, 2015. 

Eclipse Sequence. Mark Thomas


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