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UK solar eclipse 2015: Some were disappointed but the cloud cleared for millions to get a sight of the eclipse

Watch UK solar eclipse 2015: Weather conspired but joy as millions glimpse eclipse


Friday, March 20, 2015, 17:34 GMT -

Millions of people across the UK stopped to watch the best solar eclipse the country has seen since 1999 despite the cloudy weather.

While disappointingly thick cloud obscured the view across parts of southeast England and northwestern areas of the UK, much of the country was able to grab a glimpse.

Our reporter Trai Anfield managed to track down a view of the eclipse in the northeast (above video). 

Meanwhile, Helen Young and Jamil Hussein only saw dark skies at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, although drop in temperature and light was still noticeable. Here are some of the highlights. 

The eclipse reached its peak around 9.30am, with the moon obscuring between 85-98% of the sun.

The total eclipse was only visible across parts of the North Atlantic, with the Faroe Islands and Svalbard the only places on land you could see it.

However, boat trips and charter flights were put on for solar eclipse tourists to see the celestial sight, with reports even an EasyJet flight from London to Reykjavik circled in the line of totality so passengers could catch the view.

The Weather Network UK live blogged the event on our website and Twitter feed.   

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