Today saw the first solar eclipse to take place in several years, with hundreds of people across Wrexham taking the morning to witness the rare event.
Across Wrexham people watched the event (safely!) from their homes or from a location outside. One person even got in touch to say that Plas Coch Retail Park and Sainsbury’s had ‘loads’ of people standing outside to witness the occasion.
The rare phenomenon took place at around 9:31am in Wrexham, with the moon covering 90% of the sun.
In the town the temperature got slightly cooler during the eclipse and while we weren’t ‘plunged’ into darkness, it did get ever so slightly darker.
There were concerns that the increase in cloud and air pollution that the country had been experiencing over the past few days would limit the visibility of the eclipse, however we seemed to be quite lucky and had a fairly clear day!
Across Wrexham people have taken to the streets and their back gardens to witness this rare event, with many opting to use home made devices or solar telescopes to get a view. Sarah Irving got in touch with Wrexham.com to say she had experimented with two paper plates which turned out to be quite ‘effective’.
For many this was the first time they had witnessed a solar eclipse, with many children at schools taking the morning to view the event.
There have been reports of some less successful attempts, largely involving a colander and a piece of paper (also tried and failed by us).
We have been sent lots of fantastic photos by our readers this morning, so here are a collection of the various stages of eclipse photos below (Thanks to Sue McGrane for sending us the featured image above!)
— Gareth Hill (@rokushakubo) March 20, 2015
— Claire Jones (@ClaireJones82) March 20, 2015
— Year 4 All Saints’ (@Year4AllSaints) March 20, 2015
— Simon (@el_paperboy) March 20, 2015
— Duncan Fellowes (@tunzo77) March 20, 2015
— Calon FM (@CalonFM) March 20, 2015
— Joanne Louise (@joannelouguy) March 20, 2015
— Kasia Dee (@KasiaDee) March 20, 2015
— Ian Lucas (@IanCLucas) March 20, 2015
— Moz (@wxmmoz) March 20, 2015
— mr t (@stmabon) March 20, 2015
— Paul Jeorrett (@jeorrettp) March 20, 2015
— Iain Bayley (@pumpkin_lantern) March 20, 2015
— Ceri Hopkins (@artois27h) March 20, 2015
— Graham Jones (@DeLeonJones) March 20, 2015
— Jase (@jaseb33) March 20, 2015
— Village Bakery (@bornandbaked) March 20, 2015
— Chris (@2ndChanceMan) March 20, 2015
— Paul B (@Paulb1148) March 20, 2015
— Katie J Cowell (@Katie_J_Cowell) March 20, 2015
— Sue McGrane (@SueMcGrane) March 20, 2015