The total eclipse had people in Hackney getting rather excited. Pretty understandable if you consider the last one was 16 years ago.
A solar eclipse can only happen at new moon, when the moon directly blocks sight of the sun from certain places in the world.
It can take place up to five times a year, though according to Nasa, only 25 years in the past 5,000 have had five solar eclipses.
In the last 500 years there have only been eight total solar eclipses that could be seen from the UK. The last one was in 1999, when thousands of people travelled to Devon and Cornwall to see it.
The UK will not see another eclipse until 2090. A pretty rare event then.
Some people even celebrated with eclipse themed food, top marks for effort.
— symmetrybreakfast (@symmetry_fast) March 20, 2015
Yet when the event came about it was a pretty spectacular anti-climax. Although the weather in the UK was slightly better than forecast it didn’t improve enough for Hackney, all that residents got was a murkier section of a gloomy day.
Twitter was more than disappointed
The ‘spectacular’ eclipse this morning… pic.twitter.com/Q9lUrgcCDQ
— Steve (@_BASHERDJ) March 20, 2015
— Patrick Grier (@PatrickMGrier) March 20, 2015
— Mario (@mario_minardi_) March 20, 2015
While on Instagram it was all pretty similar..
Although the clouds may have ruined it this time, don’t worry Hackney you’ll only have to wait over another 74 years.