That Was The Eclipse That Was
Well the solar eclipse of 2015 in the UK came and went around 9:30 this morning, and it was as so often happens in the UK a non-event.
That doesn't mean it didn't happen, because I am sure it did, and the sky did go a bit darker, but since the whole of the south of England was covered in thick cloud from well before sunrise until "whenever it decides to clear", not only could you not see the eclipse, the cloud was so thick that you couldn't even tell where in the sky the sun was supposed to be.
Yes the sky did go darker, but really it was no darker than on any other gloomy day when there is thick cloud, so as I said, it was really a non-event.
It's sad really, because in the UK we rarely get to see good eclipses, and when something like this happens the sky is often cloudy.
Few of us can afford to fly off to some exotic location to go and watch an eclipse, so quite likely this could have been my last opportunity to see one.
I was fortunate enough to see an almost complete solar eclipse in Florida about 15 years ago, which was amazing to watch, but I really do wish I could see more of them, along with meteor showers and of course the Arora Borealis. Meteor showers in the UK are also hard to see, because either the light of the city obscures much of the activity in the night sky, the meteors peak in the middle of the night when I am asleep in bed, it's too cold to stand outside for long to watch then, or it's cloudy and raining.
Hopefully if the eclipse was visible from where you live you got to see it and enjoyed it. If so, please leave a comment and let me know.