It’s not often that you get the chance to see a new full solar eclipse from the UK let alone right here in Paisley, but that’s just what happened on the morning of 20th March 2015. There had only been two previous eclipses seen from Paisley in the last 100 years, in 1927 and 1999.
Paisley Observatory held a series of workshops in the lead up to the dayand hosted an Eclipse Special on the morning of 20th March with no less than four telescopes trained on the biggest solar event in 16 years - and indeed it was announced by the media as the second best place to view the eclipse in the whole of Scotland - a fitting tribute to John Pressley, head of the Observatory.
A large crowd gathered at the Observatory at 8.30am in anticipation of the big event and the weather looked promising with a little cloud and large blue areas of sky.
However, around 9am the cloud started to thicken and threatened to ruin the big day, but, fortunately at precisely 9.31 the clouds thinned enough to see the big moment, before once again being blanketed in cloud. The cloud cleared again around 10am in time to see a good part of the eclipse as the moon moved through the sun.