"In London the partial eclipse will start at 8.45 with the maximum eclipse at 9.31, before ending at 10.41 when the moon will pass completely from in front of the sun, thus ending the partial eclipse. In Scotland the partial eclipse will begin 15 minutes earlier at 8.30 in Edinburgh, and in Northern Ireland and Wales it will start even earlier, starting at 8.26 in Belfast and 8.23 in Cardiff."
Delving into this unusual event from a horoscope point of view is British astrologer and TV celebrity Russell Grant, who explains how the eclipse will affect each star sign.
"The Spring Equinox marks the beginning of a new solar year and has always been a great time for celebration and new beginnings," says Grant, who is a former contestant on Strictly Come Dancing. "These combined forces can have a deep and lasting effect on all the Sun Signs."
Grant's horoscopes on how this energy might affect each star sign are below.
Secrets of the past will surface over the next six months. You will prefer to keep out of the limelight and will be spending more time with people who are in touch with their spirituality. Increased sensitivity to the needs of others along with your natural psychic gifts will give you an almost mystical power. Be certain to use this wisely and remember the laws of Karma: as you sow, so shall you reap.
When was the last time you reflected on your friendships and social commitments? If you can't remember, it is time to rectify that now. If activities carried out with the same old friends or regular routines now bore you, why bother to continue? Follow your heart and this could lead you to joining a volunteer organisation. Charity work where you can be of help and service to others would be really good for you now and could enrich your life beyond measure.
People sometimes fail because they lose hope. They might give in to doubt and anxiety or lose sight of their original aims. The first day of spring is a perfect time for you to think about your long-term goals. Are you letting minor distractions and disruptions get in the way? Press ahead with plans you really believe in. Refuse to be fobbed of by anyone who doesn't take your ideas seriously. Maybe you need to find your way back to optimism again.