When to look out for the partial solar eclipse tonight

A partial solar eclipse will be visible across the UK just before sunset on Monday as the moon appears to take a "bite" out of the sun.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 21st August 2017, 1:06 pm
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 1:10 pm
There will be a partial solar eclipse tonight.
There will be a partial solar eclipse tonight.

The phenomenon will last roughly 40 minutes with the mid-point occurring at different times around the country.

For observers in Yorkshire, it should be shortly after 8pm. In Edinburgh, the peak of the eclipse will be at 7.58pm and for those in Cardiff at 8.05pm.

The movement of the moon between the Earth and sun will produce a much more dramatic event in the US, where a total eclipse will turn day to night for two minutes.

Up to five solar eclipses occur each year, but each one is visible only within a limited band across the Earth's surface where the moon's shadow happens to fall.

In the US this year, 14 states will experience a total eclipse along a path stretching from the east to the west coast.

The Royal Astronomical Society warned anyone hoping to catch the phenomenon not to look directly at the sun.

A spokesman said: "Extreme care must be taken when observing the eclipse, because of the blinding brilliance of the sun. Never, ever look directly at the sun through binoculars or a telescope, for you will risk permanent eye damage.

"Even staring at the sun is dangerous, and sunglasses are no protection. Hospitals regularly see patients who have damaged their eyes while watching eclipses. Don't be among them.

Here’s some timings that might help:

London 8:04pm BST

Brighton 8:05pm BST

Plymouth 8:07pm BST

Cardiff 8:05pm BST

Birmingham 8:03pm BST

Manchester 8:02pm BST

Norwich 8:02pm BST

Edinburgh 7:58pm BST

Lerwick 7:51pm BST

Glasgow 7:58pm BST

Belfast 8:00pm BST