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Saturday 16 December 2017

Ireland one of the best spots to see solar eclipse

The first solar eclipse in a decade will be hitting the globe at the end of this week, with Ireland being one of the best spots to view the phenomenon.

The eclipse will last two hours and the sun will be almost totally covered by the moon at around 9.30am this Friday.

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Astronomy Ireland Chairman David Moore (inset above) said that it will plunge the nation's capital into dark and cool conditions, but that the day will not turn into night.

"For us in Ireland its going to be a very deep partial eclipse," Mr Moore said.

The last time Ireland experienced a total eclipse that did create night-time during the day was in 1727 and Mr Moore says that we wont get another one until 2600.

hnews@herald.ie

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