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'Breathtaking' solar eclipse witnessed by millions. Solar Eclipse: Stargazing Live 2015



Stargazing Live's Liz Bonnin watched the eclipse from a plane.

Millions of people in the UK and northern Europe have glimpsed the best solar eclipse in years.

A great swathe of the Earth's surface was plunged into darkness as the Moon came between us and the Sun.

From an aeroplane above the Faroe Islands, a BBC camera crew captured startling footage of the event reaching totality at 09:41 GMT.

The deep shadow formed first in the North Atlantic and then swept up into the Arctic, ending at the North Pole.

Brilliant beads People keen to catch a glimpse of the rare phenomenon were advised not to look directly at it.

Looking directly at the Sun can cause serious harm, and skywatchers were directed to the multiple ways to catch an eclipse safely and in comfort.
This morning, Professor Brian Cox, Dara O'Briain and Liz Bonnin brought us coverage of the breathtaking solar eclipse, live.

From an aeroplane above the Faroe Islands, the team captured this startling footage of the event which reached totality at 09:41 GMT.



In pictures: Solar eclipse

People across the UK and northern Europe have gathered to see the best solar eclipse in years. A path across the Earth's surface was plunged into darkness when the Moon covered up the Sun.

The total solar eclipse seen from Svalbard, Norway
The Faroe Islands and Svalbard in the Arctic Circle were the only places to experience a total eclipse.

 
People wait for the start of a total solar eclipse in Torshavn, the capital city of the Faroe Islands
People gathered for the start of a total solar eclipse in Torshavn in the Faroe Islands. Hotels in the area had been fully booked for months. Stargazers in the town got totality for a full two minutes, which started just before 09:41 GMT.
An eclipse of the sun begins over the Eden Project near St Austell in Cornwall, England
Early signs of the eclipse were seen over the domes of the Eden Project near St Austell in Cornwall.
A boy poses for a photograph and looks up to the sun wearing protective goggles in Berlin, Germany
Experts warned people not to look directly at the Sun because it could cause serious harm. Here a boy poses for a photograph wearing protective goggles in Berlin, Germany.
 
An eclipse of the sun begins over Plymouth in Devon
The UK will not see a solar eclipse on this scale again until 2026.
A partial solar eclipse is seen from near Bridgwater, in south western England
Despite some cloud, photographer Toby Melville captured this frame near Bridgwater in south west England.
 
Students wait for the eclipse
Students Greg Robertson and Sam Firminger waited for the eclipse at Clifton Observatory in Bristol.
 
People watch as an eclipse of the sun begins over the Eden Project
Total eclipses occur, on average, every 18 months somewhere on our planet.
 
A statue on top of Milan's cathedral
A statue on top of Milan's cathedral in Italy was photographed as though embracing the Sun.
A homemade pin hole camera
A homemade pin hole camera was spotted at Clifton Observatory in Bristol.
   
Members of the Mid Kent Astronomical Society
Members of the Mid Kent Astronomical Society hoped for a glimpse of the eclipse on the coast in Grain.
Teenagers wearing solar glasses
Teenagers waited to watch the spectacle of a partial solar eclipse in Zurich, Switzerland
An eclipse of the sun over Northumberland
Today's eclipse marked the last total solar eclipse in Europe for over a decade. The next one will appear on 12 August 2026.
   
A woman watches the eclipse of the sun through pinhole camera  at the Eden Project
A woman used a piece of card with a pinhole in the centre to view the eclipse safely.
 
People watch in darkness during the totality of a solar eclipse in Torshavn in the Faroe Islands
Apart from a television light people watched in darkness during totality in Torshavn in the Faroe Islands.
 
The total solar eclipse
The total solar eclipse as seen at Svalbard in Norway.
 
The total solar eclipse
The last major eclipse was back in 1999 which is why everyone was so keen to catch a glimpse of Friday's event.
 
ORIGINAL: BBC One

2015/03/20

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