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:
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.