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UK: LUNAtics! Londoners stare at smog-filled skies after eclipse obscured01:19

UK: LUNAtics! Londoners stare at smog-filled skies after eclipse obscured

United Kingdom, London
March 20, 2015 at 09:53 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands of Londoners gathered on Primrose Hill on the northern side of Regent's Park, Friday to watch the solar eclipse. Unfortunately a cloud of toxic smog all but destroyed the solar show as air pollution blown from Europe blocked out the most dramatic eclipse in 15 years. Put-out solar enthusiasts stood non-plussed on Primrose Hill, as grey clouds obscured the view.

The smog, reaching dangerous levels, arrived from France and due to weak winds is expected to settle over the UK. Officials have warned that air toxicity levels could cause health issues for those with respiratory and heart problems, especially for children and the elderly.

The near total solar eclipse will see the moon block up to 98 percent of the sun's light, and will be Britain's biggest since 1999.

UK: LUNAtics! Londoners stare at smog-filled skies after eclipse obscured01:19
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Thousands of Londoners gathered on Primrose Hill on the northern side of Regent's Park, Friday to watch the solar eclipse. Unfortunately a cloud of toxic smog all but destroyed the solar show as air pollution blown from Europe blocked out the most dramatic eclipse in 15 years. Put-out solar enthusiasts stood non-plussed on Primrose Hill, as grey clouds obscured the view.

The smog, reaching dangerous levels, arrived from France and due to weak winds is expected to settle over the UK. Officials have warned that air toxicity levels could cause health issues for those with respiratory and heart problems, especially for children and the elderly.

The near total solar eclipse will see the moon block up to 98 percent of the sun's light, and will be Britain's biggest since 1999.

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