The Great British weather let sky-watchers in Bexhill down on Friday with a thick display of impenetrable grey cloud which refused to quit.
East Sussex Astronomical Society (ESAS) along with many millions of other Brits had been hoping to experience “the eclipse of the decade” but was ultimately thwarted by typically annoying and contrary conditions.
Andy Lawes writes: “ESAS working with the BBC Stargazing live team organised a viewing session, equipped with Special Solar Viewing Scopes, and free solar eclipse glasses.
“As we all waited in anticipation of the event the clear skies that the weather forecasters promised us did not arrive, instead we had the dark grey cloud without any breaks in it at all.
“As the time of greatest eclipse approached the skies became darker and the temperature dropped, all the sea birds decided it was time to perch and sleep, the sea was still and silent, but still no blue patches for the 150 Bexhillians who came to the De La Warr Pavilion to see the eclipse.” Expecting disappointment with the skies Andy, who is ESAS chairman, took along a large screen laptop to stream live coverage of the Total Eclipse from The Faroe Isles so all was not lost, and at least they saw something of this amazing and rare event. Andy added: “ Here’s to clear skies in 2026 for the next Solar Eclipse.”
Further information about Astronomical Events and Meetings of ESAS can be viewed on its website www.esas.org.uk or telephone 07923458516