Eastbourne skies to be darkened by solar eclipse


A solar eclipse will be visible from Eastbourne next month - and there won’t be another one for 11 years.

The phenomena is set to darken the skies on Friday March 20, starting at 8.24am, reaching its ‘maximum’ by 9.30am.

The last total eclipse visible from the UK was on August 11 1999, when the moon totally covered the sun as it crossed over Cornwall.

The Eastbourne Astronomical Society said this eclipse was only partially visible from Eastbourne.

And March’s eclipse is set to be a similar spectacle, with 84 per cent of the Sun set to be obscured by the moon, when viewing it from Eastbourne.

The Eastbourne Astronomical Society will view the eclipse from the Western Lawns, with three specially adapted telescopes. Members of the public are welcome to join them and use the telescopes free of charge.

The society said a partial eclipse of the sun will not be visible in Eastbourne again until August 2026 - so don’t miss it!

Send in your eclipse photos and videos to eastbourne.herald@jpress.co.uk

Anyone viewing the partial eclipse should note - never look directly at the sun, especially through a telescope or binoculars unless they have been specially set up for solar viewing.

Even a short glimpse can seriously damage your eyesight permanently.