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:
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.
A near-total eclipse of the sun has begun, but cloud cover across much of London is disappointing many.