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UK will be plunged into darkness next month in biggest solar eclipse since 1999

By The Mirror | February 25th 2015

The UK will be plunged into darkness next month in the biggest solar eclipse for 15 years.

The moon will cover the sun, blocking out its light, on the morning of March 20.

Nearly 90 per cent of the sun's rays will be blocked in parts of Europe – with some of Scotland seeing 94 per cent darkness.

The eclipse will be the biggest since August 1999.

But then, only 0.1% of the renewable energy supply came from solar – now, 10.5% of the green energy in Europe comes from such sources.

The blackout will begin in the UK at 8.45am and the maximum eclipse, when the moon is nearest the middle of the sun, will be at 9.31am.

The blackout will come to an end at 10.41am.

The August 1999 event was the first total eclipse since 1990 and the first seen in the UK since 1927.

-The Mirror

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