So the solar eclipse came and went and for us in the South East of England it was a total disappointment as cloud ruined any chance of even seeing a glimpse of the sun. It was the same back on August 11, 1999, where it went dark under leadened skies. I knew it would be cloudy but I did hope to record the event recording the darkness as it proceeded but even those photos were disappointing.
The solar eclipse took place here this morning at around 9.30am as the Moon moved between the Sun and the Earth, before the sun returned to normal by 11am. Astronomers had said the eclipse was going to be particularly striking, as the Moon was currently at the point of its elliptical orbit closest to the Earth, a configuration technically known as the perigee-syzygy.
Only residents of the Faroe Islands, a tiny, country off the northern coast of the UK, experienced a 100 percent eclipse, but this was only seen from the air, as the cloud was again present. In the UK it was a partial eclipse ranging from 85% in the South East to 98% in North East Scotland.
During the morning there were news reports on BBC Breakfast from various places in the UK. BBC reporter John Maguire was in Newlyn, Cornwall, Carol Kirkwood was on the Isle of Lewis, while there were reports from the Faroe Islands too.Seeing how I couldn’t afford to charter my own plane, I took some live shots from the TV,I know it’s cheating but they were taken at the time it happen. It’s 11.57am and guess what the suns coming out. Now that’s over, back to job hunting.