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ninathenana Sat 14-Mar-15 12:40:42

I have just read that there will be an almost total eclipse at 09.30 depending on your area of the UK on Friday 20th March.
Exciting smile

jinglbellsfrocks Sat 14-Mar-15 12:45:00

Yes. I did. But thanks for the reminder. I think the further North you are though, the better you will get it.

ninathenana Sat 14-Mar-15 13:15:33

Yes, apparently so. Unfortunately we are in Kent.
Let's hope it's a clear day.

newist Sat 14-Mar-15 13:34:04

I have been told that the island that I live on, North Uist, is the best place in the UK to watch this eclipse, weather dependent of course

Anya Sat 14-Mar-15 13:41:16

How many of us can you fit into your living room newist?

jinglbellsfrocks Sat 14-Mar-15 13:43:09

grin (the garden will do)

newist Sat 14-Mar-15 13:51:12

Everyone is welcome, you will all fit in, Tea and cakes supplied smile

jinglbellsfrocks Sat 14-Mar-15 13:53:23

Ok. Will leave the helicopter laying on you. smile

Anya Sat 14-Mar-15 13:58:42

I'll provide the eggs for breakfast.

You did say we could stay overnight???

newist Sat 14-Mar-15 14:22:18

Yes you will all fit in somewhere, homemade wine will be on tapwine

loopylou Sat 14-Mar-15 14:55:49

Count me in too! I'm just making bacon and cheese muffins so will bring a batch for everyone grin

Anya Sat 14-Mar-15 15:10:44

What a wonderful water company you must have up there newist

newist Sat 14-Mar-15 15:38:27

Yes! I even had seaweed in the bath once smile

newist Sat 14-Mar-15 15:39:33

Forgot to add, that was a small Aurora last night at 11pm

Coolgran65 Sat 14-Mar-15 17:44:35

Beautiful.

loopylou Sat 14-Mar-15 19:28:32

Amazing photo!

ninathenana Sat 14-Mar-15 20:22:21

Beautiful pic.

Will start packing tomorrow, DH is coming too grin

grannyactivist Sat 14-Mar-15 20:25:08

Wow, what an amazing photograph newist. Thanks for sharing.
I shall be in Manchester for the eclipse, so expect to get a better view than my husband who'll be at home in Devon.

annsixty Sat 14-Mar-15 20:57:30

I am so looking forward to it and just praying the weather will cooperate with us and we will have clear skies. No guarantees of course.

Mishap Sat 14-Mar-15 21:11:24

Apparently you need some special glasses to look at it - sunglasses insufficient. Not sure where you get them.

janerowena Sat 14-Mar-15 21:38:49

Just look at all those stars! Beautiful.

ninathenana Sat 14-Mar-15 22:18:29

The easiest and cheapest way is to fill a bucket with water and watch the reflection on the surface.
If you line the bucket with a black bin bag the image will be even clearer.
We did this the last time an eclipse was visible in UK. It works well.

Ana Sat 14-Mar-15 22:25:25

I'd forgotten all the warnings we had in 1999!

www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/eclipse-tips-safety.html

GrannyTwice Sat 14-Mar-15 22:42:54

Glasses available online - I got ours from Harrison Telescopes- they arrived the next day

Daisyanswerdo Sat 14-Mar-15 22:56:25

I made a pinhole projector and was really surprised at how effective it was.