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Date and Times 25 October 2022 | Live coverage from 10.05am
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Join us online and watch the partial solar eclipse live with astronomers from the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

Featuring live telescope footage and expert astronomy commentary, this is one of the best ways to see the partial solar eclipse in the UK.

Watch the eclipse using the state-of-the-art Annie Maunder Astrographic Telescope housed at the Royal Observatory, and learn about the science of the Sun with Public Astronomy Officer Jake Foster.

Coverage kicks off at 10.05 am BST, so set your reminders and join us live on Facebook or YouTube!

Find out more about the 25 October eclipse below.

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When is the next solar eclipse in the UK?

The next UK solar eclipse takes place on 25 October 2022 in the UK, beginning at 10.08am and ending at 11.51am. It will reach its 'maximum' - the moment when the greatest amount of Sun is hidden - at 10.59am.

How long does the solar eclipse last?

The partial eclipse will start at 10.08am BST in the UK, and last for around one hour 40 minutes. See the table below for full solar eclipse timings.

25 October solar eclipse Timings (BST) 
First contact: partial solar eclipse begins 10:08
Maximum: greatest amount of Sun hidden 10:59
Partial eclipse ends 11:51

What is a partial solar eclipse?

In the UK this eclipse will be a partial solar eclipse, which means the Sun's light will not be completely blocked. Nowhere on Earth will see the Sun totally covered this year.

When is the next total solar eclipse in the UK?

If you want to see a total solar eclipse in the UK, we're afraid you're going to have to wait until the year 2090!

Find out more about eclipses

Composite image showing the different stages of a solar eclipse
The Annular Eclipse over Lahore © Roshaan Nadeem | Shortlisted in Astronomy Photographer of the Year 13

How can I see the solar eclipse?

Warning: never look directly at the Sun. This can cause serious eye damage or even blindness.

We're hoping to bring you the best view of the solar eclipse in the UK using our high-tech telescope at the Royal Observatory: the Annie Maunder Astrographic Telescope.

If you want to try to see the solar eclipse yourself, please remember that you must use adequate eye protection.

  • Check if your local astronomical society is hosting a solar eclipse event, as they will have many instruments specifically for solar viewing or telescopes that have been fitted with the right filters.
  • If you can’t get out to these events and still want to look at the eclipse directly, you can purchase solar eclipse viewing glasses. Please note that sunglasses or 3D glasses will not protect your eyes.
  • The safest and cheapest way to view the event is by pinhole projection. This is extremely safe as there is no need to look directly at the Sun and the display can be shared by a few people together.
How to make a pinhole projector
  • Make a hole in a piece of card.
  • Hold the card up to the Sun, and hold a piece of paper behind the card.
  • See the shape of the Sun projected onto the paper - a small version of the event!

Where else will the October solar eclipse be visible?

The partial eclipse will be visible from most of Europe, northern Africa, the Middle East, and western parts of Asia.

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Main image: Partial Eclipse of the Sun in H-alpha by Alessandro Ravagnin, shortlisted in Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2022