Where the sun don’t shine: Eclipse disappoints

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This morning’s eagerly-anticipated solar eclipse turned into a bit of a damp squib across Aylesbury Vale, as much of the area was covered by cloud.

Some lucky sky-watchers did capture the rare event, with Clare Taylor sending in the above photo from her mobile coffee van which was parked in Gatehouse Way, Aylesbury at the time.

A photo of the eclipse over Aylesbury by Clare Taylor

A photo of the eclipse over Aylesbury by Clare Taylor

Molly Wilkinson also sent us the photo below which was taken from the 11th floor of the New County Offices building in Aylesbury.

One disgruntled skywatcher said he felt that ‘for all the excitement it was a bit of a disappointment’.

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.

A photo of the eclipse over county hall in Aylesbury by Molly Wilkinson

A photo of the eclipse over county hall in Aylesbury by Molly Wilkinson

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.

Solar eclipse editorial image

Solar eclipse editorial image