About millions of people from corner to corner the UK and northern Europe have been witnessing a solar eclipse. A grand swathe of the Earth's surface was sunk into darkness as the Moon sandwiched between Earth and the Sun. The last time it occurred was in 1999, but at that time a entire eclipse of the sun was not visible anywhere in the United Kingdom. The part of the Sun covered by the Moon was 97 percent in the distant north of Scotland, and 84 percent in London.
An aero plane above the Faroe Islands, a News channel camera crew captured startling footage of the happening of solar eclipse reaching totality at 09:41 GMT.
The dark shadow firstly formed in the North Atlantic and after that swept up into the Arctic, ending at the North Pole.
People keen to take a sight of the rare phenomenon were advised not to look directly at it with naked eye. It’s because of looking directly at the Sun can cause serious harm to your vision. Sky watchers were directed to the various techniques to catch an eclipse safely and in comfort.
In all areas of the United Kingdom, the eclipse reached at least 83percent, with the darkness peaking at 09:35 GMT. The particular timing and degree of the eclipse varied with location.
In Shetland Islands, the eclipse was at its height at the time of 09:43 GMT. It was extremely close to total, with 97percent of Sun's disc obscured by Moon.
In United Kingdom, weather turned out to be faintly better than predicted, with clouds breaking in many areas at the right time. South East and the London, on the other hand, saw their grey day get faintly gloomier.
Scientific agencies had planes for this special purpose and satellites video collection to send on the web and on TV. A private news camera crew said that, “We have a pretty spectacular view, this is extraordinary." The footage exposed interesting features of the eclipse, in addition of a clear view of "Bialy’s beads". These are the sparkles of light seen at edge of the Moon, where its rugged landscape allows the last rays of sunlight to peak through before full obscuration. Only some land places were directly in the way of the Moon's deepest shadow, it’s called as umbra and seabirds perhaps had a number of the most dramatic eclipse experiences.