March brings a rare chance to view a partial solar eclipse across Ireland.
A total solar eclipse on March 20 will be visible from Svalbard and Faroe Islands. The eclipse will be partial for people in Iceland, Europe, northern and eastern Asia and northern and western Africa. The partial eclipse as seen from Ireland should still provide wonderful viewing; the Moon covers a large portion of the Sun, so this is still a spectacular sight.
Viewing from Dublin, the Moon will first touch the edge of the Sun at 08:24 on March 20. It will be closest to the centre of the Sun at 9.29am, and then leave the Sun’s edge at 10:37am, to bring the heavenly spectacle to an end.