In just a few short years, the United Kingdom will be treated to an extraordinary event – a total solar eclipse. On April 8th, 2023, the moon will pass between the Earth and the sun, casting a shadow over the UK and creating a breathtaking celestial display.
A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon completely covers the sun, making the sun’s corona (outer atmosphere) visible. This is a rare event that only occurs in certain parts of the world, and the UK is lucky enough to be one of them in 2023.
The last total solar eclipse visible from the UK was in 1999, and the next one won’t happen until 2090, so it’s important to make the most of this opportunity if you’re interested in astronomy and stargazing.
To fully appreciate the eclipse, it’s important to plan ahead. Here are some tips for preparing for the 2023 solar eclipse:
1. Find a good viewing spot
The eclipse will be visible across the UK, but the path of totality – where the moon will completely cover the sun – will only be visible from the north of Scotland. If you’re not in this area, you’ll still be able to see a partial eclipse, but it won’t be as spectacular.
Make sure you find a spot with a clear view of the sky and minimal light pollution. Parks or open fields away from the city are ideal viewing spots.
2. Invest in protective eyewear
It’s important to protect your eyes when viewing a solar eclipse, as looking directly at the sun can cause permanent damage to your vision. Invest in a pair of eclipse glasses or a solar filter for your telescope or camera to ensure safe viewing.
3. Bring a camera
A solar eclipse is a rare and beautiful event, so make sure you capture it on camera. A DSLR camera with a telephoto lens is ideal for capturing the eclipse, but even a smartphone camera can capture some stunning shots.
4. Check the weather forecast
The weather can make or break your eclipse viewing experience, so make sure you check the forecast and plan accordingly. Cloudy skies can obscure the eclipse, so if the weather isn’t looking good, consider traveling to a different location with clearer skies.
5. Make it a family event
A solar eclipse is a great opportunity to get the whole family interested in astronomy. Make it a fun event by bringing snacks, blankets, and chairs and enjoy the eclipse as a family.
The 2023 solar eclipse is set to be a spectacular event, and with some preparation and planning, you can make the most of this rare opportunity. So mark your calendars and get ready for a truly awe-inspiring celestial display.