Solar eclipse to darken Sheffield skylines next week

Total eclipse.
Total eclipse.
  • Solar eclipse to block out 90% of sun
  • Skies to darken at 8.40am
  • Public invited to view through special telescopes
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The skies over Sheffield will darken next Friday when a solar eclipse will be visible over the city’s skyline.

In what will be the first solar eclipse in 16 years, 90 per cent of the sun will be covered by the moon on March 20.

The rare astronomical event will last for about two hours, and will peak at about 8.40am.

Another such eclipse will not occur again until 2026.

A total solar eclipse was visible in Sheffield in 1999 - see the YouTube video to watch it.

Those interested in watching the eclipse will be able to view the phenomenon from telescopes outside the Sheffield Hallam University.

Members of the public will be able to join Sheffield Astronomical Society to see the event through specially adapted telescopes.