March 20, 2015
Photos: Solar eclipse watched by Burnham-On-Sea residents

Residents across the Burnham-On-Sea area watched a stunning partial solar eclipse on Friday morning.

These were the scenes in Burnham as the moon partially blocked the sun for several minutes.

The 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.

While 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.

Across southern Britain, the partial eclipse - when the moon starts touching the sun's edge - began at 8.45am.

The maximum eclipse was just before 9.30am and this was the point when the moon is closest to the centre of the sun.

The last solar eclipse of a similar size took place on August 11th, 1999 and the next one isn't due until August 2026.

People were however warned not to look directly at the sun, even with some cloud cover, to avoid damaging their eyes.

Pictured: The eclipse photographed in Burnham by Alan Edwards, Mark Woolacott, and Xanthe Rowland


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