A rare total solar eclipse delivered amazing views to many in Europe Friday morning — but what lit up Twitter were jokes from those who missed out due to weather conditions.
Even before the eclipse, which got going at about 8:30 a.m. in the U.K., the humorous posts got going:
In the build-up to the celestial event people were warned — repeatedly — not to look directly at the sun, but to use special glasses, or, failing that, to make pinholes in cardboard and watch a projection. (Though this guy watching in the Arctic ran into another danger — a polar bear.) Those living the far north of Europe were told they’d see a total eclipse of the Sun, while others further south and in north Africa would only get a partial cover-up.
Some saw the eclipse in its full glory:
— Annie Irving (@sconzani) March 20, 2015
— Sky News (@SkyNews) March 20, 2015
— STV News (@STVNews) March 20, 2015
In parts of the U.K., though, clouds and an unusually high level of smog meant many were disappointed when the peak eclipse time rolled round at around 9:30 a.m. Instead of a dramatic blotting-out of the Sun, all watchers in London got was a drop in temperature and an unbroken view of gloomier-than-normal gray sky. Cue the Twitticisms:
Sitting in Turkish café on a cloudy London morn as BBC talks excitedly about eclipse. “It looks like every day,” owner says of grey skies.
— Mark MacKinnon (@markmackinnon) March 20, 2015
— Drew J. Stearne (@drewstearne) March 20, 2015
Everyone has just gone outside at work to experience the gloom. I’ve never seen anything quite so British.
— Sir Gremlin (@Sir_Gremlin) March 20, 2015
Americans won’t get a glimpse of this eclipse, but there is one due in the U.S. on Aug. 21, 2017. Sadly, this was the last chance in a lifetime for those disappointed Europeans, as the next won’t occur in that region until September, 2090.
Of course, they could travel to other parts of the world — about 20 total and annual eclipses are expected over the next 10 years. Or, if space tourism really takes off, they could go even further afield to get the best view not on Earth.
— Mashable (@mashable) March 20, 2015
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