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Key times to watch the biggest solar eclipse in 61 years

Key times to watch the biggest solar eclipse in 61 years

The biggest solar eclipse in Scotland since 1954 is just around the corner.

In a rare astronomical alignment, the Moon will pass directly between the Sun and the Earth on March 20, turning the sky dark just a few hours after sunrise.

Northern Scotland is expected to have the best view of the partial eclipse, with those on the west coast of the Isle of Lewis due to see 98 per cent of the sun obscured at around 9.36am.

Some of you may remember the eclipse in 1999, which saw 72%-90% of the sun covered in Scotland, but the eclipse next week promises to cover between 90% and 98%.

STV weather correspondent Sean Batty has prepared a timeline of what to expect on the morning of the eclipse here in Scotland.

6.15am Sun rises

8.30am Moon makes first contact with the sun's disc. Wearing eclipse glasses you'll notice a dark band starting to appear on the right-hand side of the sun.

9am Around this time you should be able to see the moon covering half of the sun.

9.30am Scotland will experience maximum eclipse with between 90% and 98% of the sun being covered by the moon. Street lights will probably come back on and the air temperature may drop a little.

10am The moon will be drifting to the left of the sun, but at this point will still be covering half of the sun.

10.30am The eclipse will come to an end with the moon continuing to move off to the left, eventually revealing the whole of the sun's disc.

  (SWNS)
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Peak eclipse times and vantage points

  • Aberdeen: 9:38am - Torry Battery

  • Dundee: 9:36am - Balgay Hill

  • Edinburgh: 9:35am - Calton Hill

  • Glasgow: 9:34am - Springburn Park

At this stage, the weather on the day is unpredictable, but regardless of rain and cloud people will still be able to experience things getting a little dark and eerie.

Sean Batty will also be hosting an Eclipse Breakfast on the morning of March 20, and has invited schools across the county to be involved in the event.

If you would like to take part you can email Sean and send in your photographs on Twitter to @SeanBattySTV.

Get ready for Scotland's biggest solar eclipse in 61 years

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