Hull to be left in darkness as eclipse passes through

Published: Friday 20th March 2015 by Hull College

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The moon will pass through the Sun and The Earth this morning; leaving Hull in darkness.

The UK and Northern regions of Europe will see the spectacular event that hasn’t been seen for over the last 16 years.

At 9.34 am the moon will take away 88 percent of the sun.

Dr Kevin Pimbblet, an Observational Astrophysicist at the University of Hull, said:” The eclipse would be one of the best that the UK, and Hull, will see for a long time.”

Students and staff including Dr K Pimbblet will be outside observing from 8.30am with telescopes and solar lenses.

“We don’t get the chance to see a solar eclipse very often. They only occur during a New Moon, when the moon is directly between the sun and the Earth during daylight hours.

The shadow cast by the moon on the Earth during a solar eclipse is very small – perhaps only as much as 480km across. This means that seeing a total solar eclipse is something that may not happen for decades in any given location.

It is very important no to look directly at the sun as this can cause damage to the eyes, the least expensive way is through projection.

In Hull, the eclipse begins at 8.30am, reaches a maximum eclipse at 9.34am, and finishes by 10.43am.

How will you be watching the eclipse? Send us your photos and we’ll share them on our site at or by posting them on our Facebook page – 

This article was written by Nicky Brockwell, Jools Oughtibridge and Rob Maciver, Journalism students at Hull College


Published: Friday 20th March 2015 by Hull College

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