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The greatest show on Earth: Millions across Britain stop to watch the first solar eclipse of the century as day slowly turns into night – but dense cloud wrecks the spectacle for most of the UK

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  • Skies have begun to darken as the Moon started moving between Earth and Sun from around 8.30am
  • The eclipse is set to peak at around 9.30am across vast swathes of the country and will end at 10.30am 
  • But a blanket of cloud is sitting across much of the UK meaning many may be disappointed
  • It is first solar eclipse in the UK this century and it will not happen for at least another decade
  • Observers should not look at Sun directly even if it is covered by clouds because they would risk eye injury
  • Standard sunglasses are not a substitute for proper filter viewing glasses, experts have warned 
  • Selfie fans will still damage their eyesight even if they are holding phones up to capture event  
Drama: This is the moment the Moon almost covered the Sun in St Austell, Cornwall, this morning as millions watched the skies for the first eclipse of the century

Millions across Britain have stopped to watch the first solar eclipse of this century.

Britain’s skies began to to darken at around 8.24am this morning as the Moon started to move between us and the Sun, with the eclipse peaking at around 9.30am across the country.

The Sun’s light has almost been totally concealed, casting a huge shadow of the Moon across the nation that will turn day to night, but watchers must not look directly at the Sun because they risk damaging their eyes.


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