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A special total solar eclipse 2024 is coming today – but will we see it in the UK?

A special total solar eclipse 2024 is coming today – but will we see it in the UK?

Turn around, bright eyes, the total eclipse is coming today.

You may have read that the world's next solar eclipse is due to take place today – but you may be wondering: where can I watch the eclipse? And why is this one so special? Keep reading to discover all the answers, including whether you will be able to see the solar eclipse in the UK.

What is a solar eclipse?

According to NASA's explanation, “a solar eclipse happens when, at just the right moment, the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth.” There are both partial solar eclipses (where the Moon only blocks part of the Sun's light) and total solar eclipses (where the Moon blocks all of the Sun's light).

An important factor of who can see the eclipse and what it will look like is the path of totality. This is essentially the path which the eclipse will travel through, and is created through a shadow on Earth that the Moon blocking the Sun's light makes. This shadow creates a trail as the Earth rotates and thus, determines the path of totality. For those within this direct path, total darkness will be experienced. However, many places on Earth will experience this only partially.

When and where will the solar eclipse 2024 occur?

The next total solar eclipse will be on 8 April, 2024 — yes, that's today!

But sadly for those in the UK, the people who will most luck out with this one are those in the US. This total eclipse's totality path runs right through 15 states, as well as some of Mexico and Canada. It will start at Mexico's north pacific coast, going through Texas and run all the way up to Maine on the north east coast, then entering Canada and finishing in Newfoundland. It is due to last around four and a half minutes.

Those in Illinois are particularly lucky, as this is the second total eclipse they will have seen in just seven years; the norm is to only see one in the same place every 375 years. This makes it a very special occurrence.

Where can I watch the eclipse?

This time around, we may not be so lucky, but there are chances of seeing a partial eclipse from certain cities in the UK. According to timeanddate.com these are as follows: Aberdeen, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester.

While chances are rather slim, between 7.52pm and 8.51pm you might catch a peek.

Solar eclipse 2024 live stream

Hope is not all lost however, as NASA will be live-streaming the eclipse from 6pm UK time tonight.

How do I safely watch a solar eclipse?

Remember, you should never look directly at the sun without adequate eye protection. You should view the sun through eclipse glasses, or a special handheld solar viewer during the partial eclipse phases before and after totality. The only time you can look at an eclipse with the naked eye is when the Moon completely obscures the Sun's face, which won't be happening in the UK this time around.

When is the next solar eclipse in the UK?

The bad news is we will be waiting some time for the next total eclipse that can be viewed here in the UK. In fact, the next one isn't due until 23 September 2090!

However, there are a couple of partial eclipses that are much closer; on 29 March 2025, there will be an eclipse where 30-40% of the Sun will be obstructed. Better still, on 12 August 2026, around 90% of the Sun will be obstructed during a partial eclipse that evening.