'Ring of fire' headed to northern UK – a partial solar eclipse, not the sensation you get after a potent vindaloo

Russia, Greenland, northern Canada will get the Full Monty

Dust off your funky eclipse sunglasses and your homemade pinhole projector – a partial solar eclipse is set to cast a blurry shadow across parts of the UK on Thursday.

The partial eclipse – best viewed by those in the north of the Britain – starts at 10:08 BST, 10 June, peaking at 11:13 before finally ending at 12:22.

Science teachers up and down the nation were this week keen to tell to excitable stargazers young and old alike not to look directly at the Sun. Nor was this an excuse to skip school or work and hang around outside all morning waiting for something to happen.

Boffins at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich were more interested in the "science" behind the "annular eclipse", during which the outer ring of the sun should still be visible.

"This is sometimes known as a 'ring of fire'."

Readers in parts of Russia, Greenland, and northern Canada should be able to see the full annular solar eclipse – weather permitting.

A partial eclipse will be visible in the UK, Northern Asia, Europe, and the US.

Alternatively, you can livestream the whole show via the Royal Observatory's latest Annie Maunder Astrographic Telescope. ®

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