In Pictures

In pictures: Solar eclipse

People across the UK and northern Europe have gathered to see the best solar eclipse in years. A path across the Earth's surface was plunged into darkness when the Moon covered up the Sun.

Image caption The Faroe Islands and Svalbard in the Arctic Circle were the only places to experience a total eclipse.
Image caption People gathered for the start of a total solar eclipse in Torshavn in the Faroe Islands. Hotels in the area had been fully booked for months. Stargazers in the town got totality for a full two minutes, which started just before 09:41 GMT.
Image caption Early signs of the eclipse were seen over the domes of the Eden Project near St Austell in Cornwall.
Image caption Experts warned people not to look directly at the Sun because it could cause serious harm. Here a boy poses for a photograph wearing protective goggles in Berlin, Germany.
Image caption The UK will not see a solar eclipse on this scale again until 2026.
Image caption Despite some cloud, photographer Toby Melville captured this frame near Bridgwater in south west England.
Image caption Students Greg Robertson and Sam Firminger waited for the eclipse at Clifton Observatory in Bristol.
Image caption Total eclipses occur, on average, every 18 months somewhere on our planet.
Image caption A statue on top of Milan's cathedral in Italy was photographed as though embracing the Sun.
Image caption A homemade pin hole camera was spotted at Clifton Observatory in Bristol.
Image caption Members of the Mid Kent Astronomical Society hoped for a glimpse of the eclipse on the coast in Grain.
Image caption Teenagers waited to watch the spectacle of a partial solar eclipse in Zurich, Switzerland
Image caption Today's eclipse marked the last total solar eclipse in Europe for over a decade. The next one will appear on 12 August 2026.
Image caption A woman used a piece of card with a pinhole in the centre to view the eclipse safely.
Image caption Apart from a television light people watched in darkness during totality in Torshavn in the Faroe Islands.
Image caption The total solar eclipse as seen at Svalbard in Norway.
Image caption The last major eclipse was back in 1999 which is why everyone was so keen to catch a glimpse of Friday's event.