On Friday there's a solar eclipse happening that'll be visible from the UK!
Only the Faroe Islands and Svalbard, Norway, are getting the total eclipse experience, but part of the UK will be 97% there. According to the Royal Astronomical Society:
In London the partial phase of the eclipse begins at 08:25 GMT. Maximum eclipse is at 09:31 GMT when 85% of the Sun will be blocked. The eclipse ends at 10:41 GMT.
From Edinburgh 93% of the Sun will be covered and from Lerwick in the Shetland Isles, the Moon will obscure 97% of the solar disk.
Get ready for the ~science bit~.
A solar eclipse happens when the moon comes in between the sun and Earth, casting a shadow on Earth and plunging us into darkness for a short period of time.
These two GIFs show exactly how that's going to go down. The black dot that appears in the first animation shows where the eclipse will be visible in full, and the larger shadow shows the partial eclipse's coverage. The second animation shows the same thing closer up.
It's a rare opportunity (the next significant solar eclipse visible from the UK won't happen until 2026) but you need to be prepared to watch.
The number one thing to remember is that staring at the sun with your naked eyes is a very very bad idea. Do not do it. Even when it's 90% covered, it's still dangerous to look at.
The good news is there are plenty of options for watching that don't involve looking directly at the sun. Here are some ideas, in decreasing amounts of effort required...
1. You could make a pinhole viewer.
2. Or use a colander.
3. Grab yourself some eclipse glasses.
Or if you have a welder's mask with a rating of 14 or above handy, you could use that instead (yes, really).
4. Or just watch it right here!
For the super-lazy, those unable to leave their desks, or people in other parts of the world, there are a couple of livestreams you can watch:
And of course, these will come in handy if the British weather gets the best of us and clouds ruin the view.