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Exmouth set to witness rare solar eclipse in 2023

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In just a few years, the sleepy coastal town of Exmouth in Devon, England, will be the site of a rare and awe-inspiring event – a solar eclipse. On April 8, 2023, the moon will pass directly in front of the sun, casting a shadow over parts of the earth and creating a stunning natural phenomenon.

While solar eclipses happen fairly regularly, with at least two occurring every year, total eclipses – where the moon completely blocks the sun – are much rarer. In fact, the last total solar eclipse visible from the UK was in 1999, and the next one after 2023 won’t occur until 2090.

The eclipse in 2023 will be visible from a narrow path that stretches from the north of Scotland to the south coast of England, passing over Exmouth in the process. The town is expected to experience around 90% coverage of the sun, which will mean a noticeable drop in temperature and a dimming of the light.

Locals and visitors alike are already getting excited about the event, with plans for viewing parties and events underway. Exmouth’s location on the south coast means there are plenty of opportunities for people to view the eclipse from the beach or the cliffs, with unobstructed views across the sea.

Of course, as with any natural event, there are a few things to keep in mind when viewing a solar eclipse. Firstly, it’s important to protect your eyes – looking directly at the sun during an eclipse can cause permanent damage to your retina. Special eclipse glasses or filters can be purchased to protect your eyes, or you can create a pinhole viewer to project an image of the eclipse onto a surface.

It’s also worth noting that the weather can be unpredictable, so it’s a good idea to have a backup plan in case of cloud cover. However, if the skies are clear, the eclipse is sure to be a memorable and magical experience for everyone who witnesses it.

So mark your calendars for April 8, 2023, and start planning your trip to Exmouth to witness one of nature’s most spectacular shows. With its stunning coastline, charming town centre, and friendly locals, Exmouth is the perfect place to experience this rare and unforgettable event.

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