One of the largest objects in the Asteroid Belt, (3) Juno, comes to opposition on 2 April, when it lies directly opposite the Sun as seen from Earth, and is at its brightest – albeit still only visible through telescopes.
Solar eclipses are relatively rare; they happen when the Moon moves directly and precisely in front of the Sun. Why are they so infrequent, and why do solar eclipses always come in pairs with lunar eclipses?
This Friday a stunning partial eclipse of the Sun will take place over the British Isles, while just a few hundred miles north the Sun will plunge into totality. Eclipse chaser Nick James describes what you can expect to see, and how to image it.