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Scotland prepares for the eclipse

By PAUL GALLAGHER

A CAR park by the sea on the north coast of Scotland will this week become the most unlikely of tourist destinations for sun-worshippers, if only for two minutes and seven seconds.

The parking spot above the beach at Durness has been identified by experts as the prime location in Britain to view the “ring of fire” solar eclipse at dawn on Saturday.

Sir Patrick Moore plans to be there with a film crew from his BBC Sky At Night television programme, and long-range forecasters at the Met Office say it offers the best chance of an unimpeded view of one of nature’s great spectacles.

If the clouds part, spectators who stand on the car park tarmac at 4:24am will see the moon slide into place over the centre of the rising sun, leaving only a giant fiery ring hovering over the sea.

“It will be an incredible sight,” Sir Patrick said yesterday. “We just have to keep our fingers crossed that the weather is in our favour.”

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