The UK will be plunged into darkness next month during a rare solar eclipse - the first time the rare phenomenon can be seen since 1999.
So we've put together a guide on everything you need to know about the solar eclipse to get you ready for the main event.
What is a solar eclipse?
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon covers the sun, blocking out its light.
It can only happen at the phase of a 'new moon', which is when the moon moves directly between the sun and Earth and its shadow falls upon the Earth's surface.
This does not necessarily mean the alignment produces a total solar eclipse - many are only partial.
How often do they happen?
Solar eclipses happen, on average, 2.4 times a year.
American astrophysicist and scientist Fred Espenak says they can be predicted.
"Certainly within 100 to 200 years we can predict when an eclipse will occur to within a second, but the pattern of occurrence is a complicated one," he said. "They don't repeat on a time schedule like the seasons of the year."
What makes this one special?
In 2003, 2006, 2008 and 2011 there were solar eclipses visible from the UK but they were only partial.
This upcoming eclipse is likely to plunge the UK into darkness with Scotland seeing 94% of the sun's rays blocked out.
It will be the biggest since the last significant eclipse in August 1999.
When is it?
It will be visible on the morning of Friday March 20 with the eclipse visible from across Europe, North Africa and Russia for approximately 90 minutes.
In London, it will begin at 8.45am, hitting its peak at 9.31am. The blackout should come to an end at 10.41am.
How to watch the eclipse?
The most important thing to remember is that you should NEVER view the sun with the naked eye or with any optical device such as binoculars or a telescope.
Mylar filters (aluminium-coated plastic sheets) are available as eclipse viewing glasses of filters that fit over telescopes. Don't use the Mylar space blankets sold at camping stores - they're not thick enough. Number 14 arc welder's glass can also be used as a filter.
Alternatively, metal-on glass filters that fit on the front of binoculars and telescopes can also be used (available from astronomy suppliers).
The safest way of watching the sun - at anytime - is to look at a projected image of the sun by using a pinhole camer. To make one: poke a 3mm-wide pinhole into a square piece of cardboard and, with the sun behind you, project the light through the hole onto another white piece of paper. Remember, never look through the hole directly at the sun.
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Originally published on Mirror Online.