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".
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.