One of the most common pastimes enjoyed in a hot tub, and one we commonly hear our customers tell us is a great benefit of hot tub ownership, is the ability to stargaze – cloud cover permitting – all year round whilst enjoying the warm soothing waters. From watching the annual round of meteor showers, to harvest moons, and watching the transit of the International Space Station, a hot tub affords a unique and extremely comfortable and sociable venue to gaze upon the heavens.
The morning of Friday 20th March 2015 sees the country plunged into near darkness for the first time in sixteen years as a major solar eclipse occurs. Depending on where you are in the country, anything between 85% to 95% of the Sun’s visible surface will be obscured as the moon passes between the Earth and the Sun. The moon begins its transit across the sun at around 8.45am, with the peak of totality (i.e. when most of the sun will be obscured) between 9.25am and 9.35am. By 10.45am it will be all over bar the shouting! If the morning is a very clear and sunny one, it will have the effect of drastically reducing the amount of light reaching us here in the UK.
For a quick, 90 second in fact, guide to everything you wanted to know about the solar eclipse, click on this handy guide and video prepared by the BBC:
If you are intending on watching the eclipse from your hot tub, ensure you follow all the safety guidelines for observing the sun. Only look at the sun through special CE marked filters that a produced for the purpose. Never look directly at the sun with the naked eye, and never ever look at it through a telescope or binoculars.
If you’re having a hot tub eclipse party or get-together, why not send us your pictures? Of course, if you have yet to acquire your dream hot tub, worry not, for this is something we can rectify for you faster than you can say Professor Brian Cox (well, almost!) by clicking here. Enjoy it, because the next total solar eclipse in the UK won’t be until 2090!
Never look directly at the Sun – you may damage your eyes forever!
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