Weather-watchers are keeping fingers crossed the clouds stay away from Northamptonshire TODAY (June 10) as the county is be treated to a partial solar eclipse.
Up to a third of the Sun will be blocked out for about two hours mid-morning as the moon passes between it and the Earth .
Observers in Northamptonshire should be able to see a crescent sun instead of a ball — although experts warn looking directly at the partially-eclipsed sun without proper protection can cause serious and permanent eye damage.
According to timeanddate.com, the moon is due to start crossing in front of the sun over Northampton at 10.08am, reaching a maximum eclipse by 11.13am before moving away by 12.24pm.
But local forecasters @NNweather are warning Thursday is likely to be dry but cloudier and breezier than today, threatening to put a damper on the spectacle.
The last major eclipse over Northamptonshire was in March 2015 and the next one is not due until 2025.
A full solar eclipse — where the moon completely blocks out the Sun — was last seen in the UK on August 11, 1999, and was the first since 1927. The next is not due until 2090.