Today’s eclipse...as seen from a back garden

A photo of the solar eclipse as taken in Chinnor by Steve Bird
A photo of the solar eclipse as taken in Chinnor by Steve Bird
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One lucky sky-watcher got a great shot of two birds flying in front of the solar eclipse this morning.

Steve Bird sent us this photo of the eclipse over his back garden in Chinnor.

Mr Bird said: “It was my lucky day.

“This is a genuine, un-edited image with only the brightness, sharpness and contrast adjusted.”

For much of the country, the eclipse could only be noticed by an abnormal level of darkness in which the sun remained hidden behind clouds.

There were pockets of clear skies across Wales, parts of the westcountry and the Midlands and eastern Scotland near Edinburgh.

The proportion of the sun covered by the moon increased as you went north in the UK - it ranged from 84% down in London up to 97% in Lerwick in the Shetland Isles.

Times also varied with the eclipse beginning in London at 8.24am and reaching its peak at 9.31am while in Edinburgh it started at 8.30am and peaked at 9.35am.

The last solar eclipse of any significance occurred in 1999 and was total - when 100% of the Sun was covered - when it was seen from Cornwall.

The next deep partial eclipse visible in the UK will take place in August 2026 while the next total eclipse will not take place until September 2090.