A solar eclipse



Like many places in northern Europe, today was an exciting day for people interested in the stars and the planets. At around 9.30 this morning the moon passed between the earth and the sun and for a short period of time the sun was almost blocked. Unfortunately, many parts of Britain had cloudy weather and in London and the south east the sky just became darker. However, some places were lucky and had a break in the clouds and they were able to see the eclipse clearly.

Looking directly at the sun is, of course, very dangerous and can damage your eyes. People were encouraged to buy special safety glasses or to make a simple camera using a piece of paper and a small hole, called a pinhole camera.