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The solar eclipse tonight

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A partial solar eclipse could be visible across the UK this evening as the moon appears to take a “bite” out of the sun.

The spectacle will occur just before sunset and will last roughly 40 minutes – with the peak of the eclipse happening at slightly different times across Western Europe.

But forecasters have warned that grey skies and overcast weather could prevent Brits from being able to see any of the phenomenon.

Approximatley 4% of the sun will be covered by the moon as opposed to 100% in the US who are set to see a full moon total eclipse.  

How to watch the eclipse in London and the UK

The sun will be close to the horizon from around 7.40pm UK time and the actual eclipse will be at the mid-point at 8.04pm.

In order to see the spectacle, you will need to hope the cloud clears and be in a spot with a west-northwest view of the sun.

For your best chance, go to a high spot with an unobstructed view of the sunset.

If the cloud does not clear, Nasa is streaming the event live on its website and social media pages.

Or you could wait until the next solar eclipse in Britain – in 2026.

The movement of the travelling moon between the Earth and sun will produce a much more dramatic event in the US, where a total eclipse will turn day to night for more than two minutes.

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