Solar eclipse visible in Leicester

By Ben Stevens

OBSCURED: Almost one fifth of the sun eclipsed by the moon.

Astronomy fans in Leicester and across the country enjoyed a partial solar eclipse on Tuesday(OCT25) morning.

At its maximum, about 17 per cent of the sun was covered by the moon at 10.58am in the Leicester area.

With the weather holding fair, it allowed onlookers to get a good look at the rare event, whilst also giving a good opportunity to take some photos.

A solar eclipse happens when the moon passes directly between the sun and the earth and when the moon is at its closest to our planet during its orbit.

Solar eclipses happen almost every year and are always preceded or succeeded by a lunar eclipse.

The next big solar eclipse to be seen in the UK will be in August 2026, where more than 90 per cent of the sun will be obscured.