Solar eclipse 2015: Where is the best place in the UK to see the phenomenon?

Eyes will be (safely) on the sky across the Arctic and in the far Northern regions of Europe tomorrow morning to take in the rare sight of a total solar eclipse - the first since August 11th 1999.

Occurring as the moon's orbit travels in front of the sun - which in turn will cast a shadow over the Earth, here in the UK, many of us will experience the phenomenon as a deep partial solar eclipse although sadly this rare sight will for most of us, be marred by cloudy skies as cloud feeds in under a dominant area of high pressure.

With cloud feeding in from both the northwest and the southeast, the sliver of clearer skies is expected to run most reliably across the central swathe of England and Wales.

The view for some Brits will be marred by cloudy skies. Credit: ITV News

For those lucky enough to be under the clearer skies, the eclipse will start at 9.25am in the Channel Islands and incrementally later the further north you live.

This is the last total solar eclipse in Europe for over a decade, with the next total solar eclipse not visible in the UK until 2090!

Sky gazing comes with a serious note of caution however and The College of Optometrists warns that inadvertently glancing at the Sun - even briefly while setting up a shot for selfies or other photography - can lead to burns at the back of eye.

Experts advise indirect viewing, using pinholes and facing away from the Sun.

Experts have warned of the dangers of looking at the Sun during the eclipse. Credit: Royal Astronomical Society

The equinox will have had a stunning warm up act in the form of a Supermoon tonight so called because the Earth and Moon are as close together as they can be making it appear significantly larger than usual.

This makes this 2015 Spring Equinox (which is alsotaking place) eclipse a supermoon eclipse, meaning a supermoon, equinox and eclipse will all fall on the same day.