The Unst Solar
Annular Eclipse Tour
Solar Eclipse Announcement
of the whole of the United Kingdom were able to witness
an impressive solar eclipse at the end of May 2003.
The eclipse occurred at 03:48 GMT (04:48 BST) on May 31st,
roughly one hour after sunrise - and ended at approximately
04:47 GMT (05:47 BST), as the Sun just moved clear of
the Moon's shadow.
The Sun and the Moon were very close together in the sky
for most of May 30th and 31st.
The weather was chilly but fine on the
morning of May 31st, and we were treated to the sight of a glorious
sunrise. We'd arrived at Lamba Ness (the chosen viewing-site)
a little early - but the patience of our party of eight was
rewarded by a fairly clear view of the development of the eclipse.
A bank of low cloud hid the actual totality
and the remainder of the eclipse from sight - but much of the
development occurred in a clear patch of sky, and showed up
well through our various viewing-devices. The animation on the
left shows the sun being progressively 'squashed' from the right
as it begins to pass behind the moon.
Radio Shetland's reporter interviewed Nicole,
Robert and Judith
- three of our tour guests - to hear their impressions of the