Solar Eclipse: Exactly what you want to see from the UK and 29 European cities this Thursday

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A solar eclipse is coming to Europe for the first time since 2015.

It will be a partial solar eclipse where only part of the Sun is blocked by the Moon, however exactly how much will depend on your location.

For example, in Greenland it will be possible to see as much as 89% of the sun obscured as a “light ring” when a rare ring eclipse occurs. In Reykjavík, Iceland, 60% will be hidden. But from the border through southern Spain, northern Italy and up into Eastern Europe, just under 1% of the sun will be hidden.

It is all part of the same annular (annular) solar eclipse that will be visible from Canada across the North Pole to Siberia.

The best places in Europe to see the annular solar eclipse

The best view in Europe will technically be from Greenland, an autonomous country in Denmark. From the capital Nuuk, an 81% partial solar eclipse will occur around local noon, but from further north, something more special will be visible – the “light ring” eclipse.

Can I travel to see the ‘ring of fire’ eclipse?

Some of Greenland will see a “ring of light”, so technically it happens in Europe, but forget any plan to travel to see it, because COVID-19 travel restrictions make it almost impossible.

Tour groups planned to visit Qaanaaq in Greenland, but it requires a five-day quarantine and is only available via Denmark. Meanwhile, Canada will remain closed to international visitors until at least June 21.

Best places in the UK to see the partial solar eclipse

Here’s a helpful map from Robin Scagell of the Society for Popular Astronomy (SPA) describing the timing of more cities in the UK. The farther northwest, the greater the eclipse visible.

Best places in Europe to see the partial solar eclipse

Northwestern Europe is getting the biggest eclipse, so the best places to be will be north of Britain and northern Scandinavia. Those who want the best view of the largest possible partial solar eclipse may consider flying to Iceland, which is open to vaccinated travelers, with a test on arrival.

From Reykjavík, a 60% partial solar eclipse will be visible. From Longyearbyen on Svalbard, Norway, a 71% solar eclipse will be visible, while in Tromsø on the mainland of northern Norway there will be a 50% partial solar eclipse.

What the solar eclipse will look like from 29 cities in Europe

Below are some examples of major cities in the way of this eclipse that will see more than 5% of the solar eclipse along with the maximum% blur and the exact local time that occurs.

For an extended schedule visit and enter your exact location. It will give you the times when the Moon will first touch the Sun, the eclipse stop – ie. the maximum concealment presented here – and the time it leaves the Sun:

  • Moscow, Russia: 15% at 14:26 MSK
  • Paris, France: 13% at 12.11 CEST
  • London, UK: 20% at 11:13 BST
  • Madrid, Spain: 5% at 11:43:19 CEST
  • Saint Petersburg, Russia: 25% at 14:12 MSK
  • Berlin, Germany: 13% at 12:38 CEST
  • Kiev, Ukraine: 5% kl. 14:15:27 EEST
  • Lisbon, Portugal: 7% at 10:32 VEST
  • Manchester, UK: 25% at 11:14 BST
  • Birmingham, UK: 23% at 11:12 BST
  • Brussels, Belgium: 15% at 12:19 CEST
  • Minsk, Belarus: 12% at 14.08 MSK
  • Leeds, UK: 26% at 11:15 BST
  • Hamburg, Germany: 17% at 12:33 CEST
  • Warsaw, Poland: 10% kl. 12.54 CEST
  • Lyon, France: 6% at 12:10 CEST
  • Glasgow, Scotland: 31% at 11:16 BST
  • Stockholm, Sweden: 26% at 12:53 CEST
  • Munich, Germany: 6% at 12.28 CEST
  • Zurich, Switzerland: 7% kl. 12.20 CEST
  • Copenhagen, Denmark: 20% at 12.41 CEST
  • Porto, Portugal: 10% at 10:38 VEST
  • Prague, Czech Republic: 8% at 12:37 CEST
  • Helsinki, Finland: 27% at 14.04 EEST
  • Kazan, Russia: 18% at 14.43 MSK
  • Amsterdam, Holland: 18% at 12:22 CEST
  • Dublin, Ireland: 29% at 11:08 IST
  • Cardiff, Wales, UK: 22% at 11:08 BST
  • Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK: 31% at 11:11 BST

When is the next ‘ring of light’ annular solar eclipse?

A “light ring” lasting 5 minutes and 17 seconds crosses the United States southwest on October 14, 2023. This trail crosses several national parks in Orgeon, Utah Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico as well as Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua , Costa Rica, Panama, Columbia and Brazil.

The next solar eclipse of any kind in Europe is October 25, 2022. It will be visible across a similar area, but boas against those in northeastern Europe and Eastern Europe, where Russia gets the best view of an 82% solar eclipse sun.

Disclaimer: I am the editor of and the author of several eclipse travel guides.

I wish you clear skies and big eyes.

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