Solar Eclipse 2015

What an auspicious day Friday 20th March 2015 was for the northern hemisphere! The first day of geological spring (vernal equinox), a supermoon and a total solar eclipse!

Photograph of Solar Eclipse from Space

Photograph taken by Expedition 43 Flight Engineer Samantha Cristoforetti, from the International Space Station. Image Credit: ESA/NASA

A total solar eclipse is a much rarer event than a partial or annular eclipse. The moon happened to be in its new phase and at its closest point to the Earth, known as lunar perigee. The moon itself was not visible, yet its effects upon the oceans was greater than normal. It also happened to amble in between the Earth and the sun. These all combine to create a total solar eclipse, as the moon appears to be the same size as the sun and briefly blocks it out. The path of totality was only visible to people on the Faroe Islands and Svalbard, most of us saw it as a partial solar eclipse. NASA has a map here.

Here in Hereford, in the UK, the eclipse was approximately 85%. There was a fair bit of cloud over the sun and my digital camera did not cope well with it at all. As you can see. In the one photograph the eclipse is visible in the lens flare. There was no obvious shadow of the moon racing across the ground. However, it did go dimmer, and noticably colder. The birds also stopped singing.

The last total solar eclipse in the UK was 11th August 1999. That time I used a film camera and managed to get some better photographs. The next significant eclipse in the UK will be 2026, so best to order your eclipse glasses and solar filters now.

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