Millions of people across the UK witnessed one of the best solar eclipse in years, as the Moon’s shadow caused the temperatures to drop across northern Europe and plunged islands north of the UK into complete darkness.

The shadow of the moon blocked out the Sun first over the North Atlantic and swept up across Northern Europe towards the North Pole.

Southern England saw the Sun 85-90% eclipsed by the Moon, while those further north saw an even more complete solar eclipse. However, cloud cover across much of the UK prevented many people from seeing the shadow of the Moon moving over the Sun, with a number of people online describing their “disappointment” with the event.

A total solar eclipse could be seen from the Faroe Islands and the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago, where so-called ‘eclipse-hunters’ described the sight as “breathtaking”.

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