Eyes to the skies for eclipse in Northamptonshire

There will be a partial eclipse of the sun on Friday
There will be a partial eclipse of the sun on Friday

Stargazers will be looking to the skies for a partial solar eclipse on Friday.

At precisely 9.32am on Friday, March 20, Northamptonshire will have been plunged into twilight with 88 per cent darkness.

Daylight will lessen about one hour before the peak has been reached with normal levels of daylight returning an hour later.

In the Faroe Islands and Norwegian island of Svalbard, there will be a total eclipse of the sun for two minutes 40 seconds, but not in the UK.

But there will be a significant partial solar eclipse when the Moon covers a large portion of the Sun.

In a partial solar eclipse, the sun looks like the moon has taken a bite out of it. This is because the moon casts the lighter, outer part of its shadow on Earth.

A partial solar eclipse over Ringstead in January, 2011

A partial solar eclipse over Ringstead in January, 2011

Tony Segal of astronomy club Stanion Stargazers advises extreme caution when viewing the phenomenon, and said: “Do not look at the sun either with the naked eye or a telescope.

“The only safe way is with proper eclipse glasses from a reputable manufacturer or at a reflected image focused on to white paper from a telescope, but remember do not look through the eye-piece.”

The next total solar eclipse will be on August 12, 2026.

Latest weather forecast for Friday

Make sure you have appropriate eyewear when viewing the eclipse

Make sure you have appropriate eyewear when viewing the eclipse

While it is expected to be a bright start to Friday across the county, an approaching weather front looks set to bring a lot of cloud with it with some showery outbreaks of rain moving down from the north.

There is a 10 per cent chance it will be sunny, a 20 per cent chance it will be fair, a 50 per cent chance it will be partly cloudy and a 20 per cent chance it will be cloudy.

Forecast provided by Northants meteorologist Paul Barber from Forecasts4u.