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Partial solar eclipse seen in UK and around the world

Telegraph, 10 Jun 2021
The UK and countries in the Northern Hemisphere saw a partial solar eclipse on Thursday as the moon passed between the Earth and the sun.

Skygazers saw nearly a third of the sun being blocked out by the moon.

But views of the event were "somewhat fleeting" across certain parts of the UK due to cloudy skies.

However, those in central and south-east England had the clearest spells to witness the celestial spectacle, according to the Met Office.

Parts of the US, Canada, Europe and Asia saw an annular eclipse - which occurs when the sun and moon are exactly in line with the Earth, but the apparent size of the moon is smaller than that of the sun.

This causes the sun to appear as a very bright ring, or annulus, in a phenomenon dubbed as the "ring of fire".

However, observers in the UK and Ireland saw a crescent sun instead of a ring, as this was a partial eclipse.

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