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Eclipse-Mania Hits Europe

The first total Solar eclipse to take place in Europe since 11th August 1999 was marred by a lot of cloud. Those that did manage to see something was in for a treat. The only land places that was able to view totality of the Eclipse was the Faroe Islands and the Svalbard Islands in the Arctic Circle. Those who had travelled to the Faroe Islands were slightly disappointed as there was cloud covering their view. Across United Kingdom, people were able to view the Eclipse but those in the capital London were out of luck due to clouds.

The next major total solar eclipse to occur is the Eclipse that will cover the United States and is being billed as the Great American Eclipse which will take place on Monday 21st August 2017. Those in Ireland and the United Kingdom will see the tail end of the eclipse where it the sun will be obscured by about 40%, nowhere near where it was obscured this time. The American Eclipse will affect nearly the whole country with varying degrees. Those in the North (Boston) way will get 70% totality and those in Miami about 80%. Those in Nashville and Kansas City for example will get the best views of the Eclipse.

The next European Total Eclipse will occur on August 12th 2026 where Totality will be through Spain this time including Barcelona. Given when it is, August, it is expected that weather will be good for it and not cause problems like it did this time. The United Kingdom and France along with Spain will get a good view. However after that date, the next one is not expected in Europe until 2090.

The picture below was taken by Colin in Birmingham.

Eclipse of the Sun seen from Birmingham




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