Solar eclipse to darken skies across the area

Stargazing evening at Sacrewell Farm organised by the  Peterborough Astromonical Society. Pictured are the observing co-ordinator Duncan Kirkwood and  Nigel Garner EMN-150221-221923009
Stargazing evening at Sacrewell Farm organised by the Peterborough Astromonical Society. Pictured are the observing co-ordinator Duncan Kirkwood and Nigel Garner EMN-150221-221923009
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The area will be plunged into darkness on Friday morning thanks to a spectacular solar eclipse.

In what will be the first solar eclipse in 16 years, 90 per cent of the sun will be covered by the moon.

The rare astronomical event will last for about two hours, and will peak at about 9.30am.

Another such eclipse will not occur again until 2026. The eclipse will be total further north than the UK but skies will darken during the event.

Astronomers and amateur stargazers are expected to be out in force - if the cloud cover disappears in time - for the event.

You can send your pictures of the eclipse to the newsdesk.

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.