Biggest solar eclipse since 1999 set to plunge the UK into darkness this month

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Britain’s most complete solar eclipse in 16 years will block out as much as 90 percent of sunlight across the UK this month.

A solar eclipse, when the moon covers the sun blocking out its light, will take place on the morning of March 20.

The blackout will begin in the UK at 8.45am and the maximum eclipse, when the moon is nearest the middle of the sun, will be at 9.31am and It is due to end at 10.41am.

After the one in March, the next eclipse will be in 2018, but it’ll be very small.

The next big eclipse to cover the same amount of sky in darkness as this one will be in 2026.

There won’t be another full total eclipse until 2090.

That one is expected to be similar to the one in 1999, though it’ll be slightly further north and will happen as the sun sets.

We will have more info on what the weather will be like for observing the eclipse nearer the time.

MORE: Watch our compilation video of our best wirral weather moments here.

MORE: Check out our handy tips and hints on how to safely observe and photograph next months solar eclipse.

Check out the video below of the BBC’s coverage as the 1999 solar eclipse plunged the UK into darkness:

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Lets hope the clouds stay away next month!

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