When to see the partial solar eclipse over Northamptonshire TODAY — and watch it safely

Fingers crossed for clear skies as up to one-third of the Sun will be obscured by the Moon

Thursday, 10th June 2021, 11:23 am
Up to 30 percent of the Sun will be obscured over Northamptonshire on Thursday morning

Weather-watchers are keeping fingers crossed the clouds stay away from Northamptonshire TODAY (June 10) as the county is be treated to a partial solar eclipse.

Up to a third of the Sun will be blocked out for about two hours mid-morning as the moon passes between it and the Earth .

Observers in Northamptonshire should be able to see a crescent sun instead of a ball — although experts warn looking directly at the partially-eclipsed sun without proper protection can cause serious and permanent eye damage.

Scientists advise buying a pair of specially-made glasses or you can make your own at home using a cardboard box to filter out harmful rays!

Up to 89 per cent of the Sun will be obscured — creating a so-called 'ring of fire' — but you need to be in Greenland, northern Canada or north-eastern Russia to see the full annular eclipse!

According to timeanddate.com, the moon is due to start crossing in front of the sun over Northampton at 10.08am, reaching a maximum eclipse by 11.13am before moving away by 12.24pm.

But local forecasters @NNweather are warning Thursday is likely to be dry but cloudier and breezier than today, threatening to put a damper on the spectacle.

Experts warn not to look directly at tomorrow's partial eclipse without special glasses

The last major eclipse over Northamptonshire was in March 2015 and the next one is not due until 2025.

A full solar eclipse — where the moon completely blocks out the Sun — was last seen in the UK on August 11, 1999, and was the first since 1927. The next is not due until 2090.