Watch: Rare total solar eclipse time lapse

2015-03-20 10:27

A rare total solar eclipse took place today sending most of Europe and the United Kingdom into darkness.

The moon completely blocked out the sun for approximately two minutes in some places while other places experienced a partial but no less amazing astronomical feat. The entire eclipse lasted for about two and a half hours.

This total solar eclipse is quite rare in that it coincided with the vernal equinox, which marks the astronomical start of spring. The triple threat is that the moon was also at its closest to earth, making it a supermoon.

This was the best viewing of an eclipse since 1999 for the UK with the next time a solar eclipse of this significance to take place only in 2026.

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