Did you get a good view of last week’s eclipse? If you were in London, I’m guessing not. I spent most of it in a coffee shop’s basement and, frankly, my view was about as good as anyone else’s.
Feel left out of eclipse frenzy in W. london so have draped a satsuma peel over my left eye — Bill Bailey (@BillBailey) March 20, 2015
The clouds just about killed the experience. I mean, this might as well have been my view last Friday.
I guess it’s to be expected. March isn’t known for it’s clear skies, after all. It averages only 3.7 hours of sunshine a day. Are the next ones going to be any better?
There’s going to be a few minor ones in the next few years, but they’re not going to be that impressive. Last week’s eclipse covered about 80% of the sun. The next time we’ll get one nearly as big will be on August 12, 2026. Luckily the weather should hopefully cooperate. August gets almost twice as much sunshine as March.
Of course, these are all partial eclipses. If you’re waiting for the next time London sees a total solar eclipse, as in the moon covering all 100% of the sun, you might want to plan your retirement very carefully – it won’t be until September 23rd, 2090.