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Solar eclipse in Birmingham in March

Written by
Jon Cook

The most dramatic solar eclipse for 16 years will take place in Birmingham during the morning of March 20, blocking 90% of the sun's light and plunging the city into darkness.

The eclipse will last around two hours, beginning at 8.25am and hitting its peak at 9.31am, as the moon travels in front of the sun and casts its shadow over the Earth.

This will be the last eclipse of its kind until August 2026, stretching from Scandinavia (which will see a total eclipse) all the way down to northern Africa.

For an idea of what to expect, check the below video from the last time such an impressive eclipse took place in the UK, back in 1999.

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