Solar eclipse watched by Burnham-On-Sea residents
Residents across the Burnham-On-Sea area watched a stunning partial
solar eclipse on Friday morning.
were the scenes in Burnham as the moon partially blocked the sun
for several minutes.
peak of the 88% eclipse occurred in Burnham at 9.28am, and was
visible despite fears that cloud would block it.
Some watched the eclipse outside their homes and businesses, while
several walkers watched from Burnham beach.
the Met Office said there was a risk of cloud cover due to a cold
front, it said there was a possibility that the sky would not
be fully covered.
southern Britain, the partial eclipse - when the moon starts touching
the sun's edge - began at 8.45am.
maximum eclipse was just before 9.30am and this was the point
when the moon is closest to the centre of the sun.
last solar eclipse of a similar size took place on August 11th,
1999 and the next one isn't due until August 2026.
were however warned not to look directly at the sun, even with
some cloud cover, to avoid damaging their eyes.
The eclipse photographed in Burnham by Alan Edwards, Mark Woolacott,
Burnham-On-Sea.com and Xanthe Rowland