VIDEO & GALLERIES: Solar eclipse reaches its peak in Huntingdonshire

The view of the solar eclipse. Picture: HYWEL BARRETT

The view of the solar eclipse. Picture: HYWEL BARRETT - Credit: Archant

The climax of the partial solar eclipse was seen over Huntingdonshire this morning (Friday).

The solar eclipse as seen from Huntingdon High Street. Picture: LAUREN NASH

The solar eclipse as seen from Huntingdon High Street. Picture: LAUREN NASH - Credit: Archant

The eclipse, created when the moon passes in front of the sun and creates a shadow, began at about 8.25am before reaching its peak with up to 90 per cent of the sun blocked by the moon at about 9.30am.

It is expected the moon will have completely passed the sun by 10.43am.

Today is also the spring equinox, the day which is split exactly between daylight and night hours. The next time the two celestial events will occur on the same day is expected to be in 2053.

Children from Cromwell Academy in Huntingdon also took time out of their lessons to look at the eclipse using pinhole camera style viewers.


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Ray Matthews, who took a picture of the eclipse over Little Paxton, said: “We were exceptionally lucky to be able to glimpse the eclipse at 9:27am. There was no sign of the sun through the cloud right up to the point of maximum eclipse and then the cloud thinned just enough to reveal the moment of maximum shadow through the thick haze and, most unusually, allow a photograph.”

Send your pictures of the eclipse to news@huntspost.co.uk.

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