As Britain prepares to be plunged into darkness for the upcoming solar eclipse, excited stargazers are readying themselves for the event of a lifetime.
On the morning of March 20, the moon will pass in front of the sun - blocking light from reaching the earth.
According to experts, almost 90% of the sun's rays will be blocked in parts of Europe – with some of Scotland seeing 94% darkness.
We decided to check out the facts and fiction behind one of the universe’s most amazing events.
In Ancient Greece, a solar eclipse was seen as a sign that the gods were angry and thought to be an omen of bad things to come.
The word eclipse actually comes from the Ancient Greek work ekleipsis which meant being abandoned.
Pregnant women will stay indoors
A popular myth that still persists in some cultures is that pregnant women can be harmed by the solar eclipse, and as such should stay indoors during the event.
It is claimed that if a pregnant woman goes out during an eclipse, her baby will be born blind of with a cleft lip.
Solar eclipse will come to an end
There will come a time when the earth will no longer experience solar eclipses - although not for some time.
In about 600 million years, the moon is predicted to be too far away from the earth to cover the sun - thus bringing an end to the phenomenon.
In parts of India, people do not eat during a solar eclipse and give away any food that lay uneaten.
This comes from a belief that any food cooked while the eclipse takes place, will be poisonous and impure.
In many different cultures from times gone by, there are stories of how the sun was eaten or stolen to explain away the eclipse.
Among them is the Viking fable that the sun god Sol is chased by the wolf Skoll and when the animal catches, him a solar eclipse happens.
When this occurs, the people were told to make lots of noise - banging pots and pans together - to frighten off the wolf and return the sun.
The most famous part of a solar eclipse is the diamond ring.
This occurs when the moon moves to cover the entire disc of the sun but just a few seconds before ‘totality’, the sun’s corona forms a ring around the moon.
At the top, a leftover part of the sun shines brightly as a small circle, giving the impression of a diamond ring.
European energy resources will be affected
Power levels across Europe will take a battering during the eclipse - due to the amount of sower power operations providing energy to the continent.
Boffins have predicted that once the sky goes black, 35,000 megawatts of solar energy will be lost - the equivalent of 80 medium size conventional generation units.
Originally published on Mirror Online.