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The eye-catching solar eclipse was for at least one generation the first glimpse of one of the truly great spectacles of our solar system.
ITV News correspondent Damon Green joined children at one school in Bury:
Few, however, had a better sight of today's solar phenomenon than those witnessing it from Svalbard in the Arctic. It's unique position near the north pole giving skygazers a full eclipse.
From there ITV News science correspondent Alok Jha reported on an eerie view, that left everyone in the shade:
A cosmic coincidence treated much of the northern hemisphere to a rare image today - a total eclipse of the sun.
At its most striking the further north you were, the moon blotting out the sun drew huge crowds in many countries.
In Britain, where there was a partial eclipse, many areas were plunged into near darkness. But some, particularly in the south, found the eclipse obscured by cloudy weather.
ITV News correspondent Martin Geissler reports on how the UK welcomed a solar spectacle:
A person was treated at A&E in Scunthorpe General Hospital earlier today after sustaining injuries during the eclipse.
A spokeswoman for Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust said:
They did not give any more details on the nature of the injuries, or their severity.
The temperature dropped and what we saw in the sky was unbelievable. It was like somebody had put a painting up there.
Then it went incredibly dark, it was incredibly eerie.
ITV News' Science Correspondent Alok Jha reports on his experience of the total eclipse in Svalbard:
A solar astrophysicist who witnessed the total eclipse in Svalbard has described as "the most beautiful thing" he had ever seen.
Pal Brekke, from the Norwegian Space Agency, said: "I've seen one eclipse before in Europe and this was far, far better".
The Met Office has released this footage showing the solar eclipse from one of its satellites.
A satellite has captured this footage of the solar eclipse from space.
This European Space Agency's Sun-watching Proba-2 mini satellite captured the footage, which shows the shadow of the moon sweeping down across the brightly burning sun.
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Children were not allowed out of their classrooms. One parent was furious and is demanding an explanation.
Millions turned their eyes towards the sky as it darkened around the world to reveal a spectacular lunar phenomenon.