The largest Solar Eclipse in Europe since 1999 will block out up to 86% of our sunlight on Fri 20 March. Eastbourne and the surrounding areas will lose up to as much as 86% of their sunlight while the moon passes in front of the sun. The eclipse will be noticeable from 8.25am and will last approximately two hours, with the darkest phase occurring around 09.30am. While it will not go completely dark, it will certainly be very dim.
The Observatory Science Centre at Herstmonceux, near Hailsham, will be opening its doors from 7.30am to enable you to come along and view this solar phenomenon safely through their Solar Telescopes. Normal admission prices apply. A tasty breakfast including a choice of bacon rolls, or scrambled eggs with beans, bacon and toast will also be available.
Dr Sandra Voss, Science Director at the Observatory, said: “It is going to be a spectacular event, especially as the next eclipse of this magnitude is not going to occur in the UK again until 2081. But people must not look directly at the Sun, as this will damage your eyes; we will be hosting activities and offering specialist equipment to enable people to observe this event safely.”
For further details, please visit www.the-observatory.org or call 01323 832731.