Solar eclipse to be visible from South Tyneside.

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A SOLAR eclipse will be visible from the South Tyneside next month, with an 11-year wait until the next one

The astronomical phenomena will darken the skies on Friday March 20, starting at 8.30am, reaching its “maximum” by 9.35am. It will all be over by 10.44am.

The eclipse will see about 90 per cent of the Sun obscured by the moon when viewing it from the North East.

The last total eclipse visible from the UK was on August 11 1999, when the moon totally covered the sun as it crossed over Cornwall.

Other parts of the UK saw a partial eclipse.

Anyone viewing the partial eclipse should never look directly at the sun, especially through a telescope or binoculars unless they have been specially set up for solar viewing.

Even a short glimpse can seriously damage your eyesight permanently.

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Eclipse timetable for the North East:

Partial Eclipse Begins: 08:30 GMT

Maximum Eclipse: 09:35 GMT

Partial Eclipse Ends: 10:44 GMT