Solar eclipse 2015: Millions witness phenomenon across UK and Europe

Millions of people across the UK and Europe have witnessed the best solar eclipse in years.

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Generation's first glimpse at spectacle of our solar system

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 had a better look at eclipse than those in the Arctic

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:


Cosmic coincidence brings rare eclipse of the sun

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:

Person treated for injuries sustained during eclipse

A person was treated at A&E in Scunthorpe General Hospital earlier today after sustaining injuries during the eclipse.

The partial solar eclipse, earlier today. Credit: Reuters

A spokeswoman for Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust said:

One person had to be treated in the accident and emergency department at Scunthorpe General Hospital earlier today due to injuries sustained during the partial eclipse of the sun.

– Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust

They did not give any more details on the nature of the injuries, or their severity.

  1. Alok Jha

Total eclipse 'incredibly eerie'

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:

Total eclipse 'most beautiful thing'

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".


Solar eclipse as seen from space

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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