Stargazers descend on The Stade in Hastings to watch eclipse

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Scores of stargazers headed down to The Stade this morning (Friday) to try and catch a glimpse of today’s partial solar eclipse.

Hastings-based astronomer Melanie Davies, who is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, organised the event, setting up an array of telescopes and binoculars adapted for safe solar viewing.

Partial solar eclipse, Stade Open Space, Hastings. 20/3/15''Melanie Davies 'Space Science Communicator SUS-150320-133109001

Partial solar eclipse, Stade Open Space, Hastings. 20/3/15''Melanie Davies 'Space Science Communicator SUS-150320-133109001

Even though it was cloudy all morning the atmosphere at The Stade was one of excitement, as children and their parents gazed through telescopes to watch the phenomenon.

At the event there was a solar eclipse talk and presentation, as well as a live screen feed of the total eclipse, which could be seen over the Faroe Islands and Norwegian sea.

Jackie Saull-Hunt, from Sedlescombe, came to Hastings with her two sons to watch the spectacle.

She said: “It was very exciting to be in Hastings to watch the eclipse but it was a shame it was so cloudy. What The Stade put on was absolutely brilliant.”

Partial solar eclipse, Stade Open Space, Hastings. 20/3/15 SUS-150320-133120001

Partial solar eclipse, Stade Open Space, Hastings. 20/3/15 SUS-150320-133120001

The last solar eclipse took place on August 11, 1999 and the next full solar eclipse is not expected until September 2090.

Partial solar eclipse, Stade Open Space, Hastings. 20/3/15 SUS-150320-133131001

Partial solar eclipse, Stade Open Space, Hastings. 20/3/15 SUS-150320-133131001

Partial solar eclipse, Stade Open Space, Hastings. 20/3/15 SUS-150320-133142001

Partial solar eclipse, Stade Open Space, Hastings. 20/3/15 SUS-150320-133142001

Partial solar eclipse, Stade Open Space, Hastings. 20/3/15 SUS-150320-133153001

Partial solar eclipse, Stade Open Space, Hastings. 20/3/15 SUS-150320-133153001

Partial solar eclipse, Stade Open Space, Hastings. 20/3/15 SUS-150320-133204001

Partial solar eclipse, Stade Open Space, Hastings. 20/3/15 SUS-150320-133204001