Solar Eclipse 2015: Updates from Newsround as it happened

Last updated at 12:58
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See the solar eclipse

Across the UK people watched a very rare solar eclipse, where the Moon covered up the Sun.

The UK saw a partial eclipse, where a bit of the Sun still shone out from behind the Moon.

There were worries that cloudy weather would spoil the view across the UK, but thankfully some areas had a clear sky for the special moment.

Get involved: Your eclipse pictures and stories

Relive the eclipse
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The eclipse plunges the Faroe Islands into darkness
10.10am - A view from the zoo
lemurs watching the eclipsechester zoo

These lemurs were snapped watching the eclipse.

Tim Rowlands, curator of mammals at Chester Zoo, said: "The animals were as fascinated with the eclipse as we were. It was quite a sight to behold."

10.00am - That's it!

That's it - the eclipse is over!

Later today we'll update this page with the best videos of the eclipse.

Did you see the eclipse? Let us know and send us your pics and comments!

9.54am - A royal visit
King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands watching ther eclipseAFP

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands took a moment to watch the eclipse during a visit to Hamburg, Germany.

9.49am - Leah in Leicester
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Leah chats to young eclipse watchers
9.40 am - Ready on Lewis with our specs!
Ayshah and kids on LewisABBC

Getting ready on the Isle of Lewis, special eclipse specs deployed!

9.38 am - The Sun came out in Lewis - then went again
Ayshah Tull on the Isle of Lewis

The rain and clouds cleared up for Ayshah on the Isle of Lewis in the far north of Scotland. Suddenly, the Sun was out - ready to be blocked by the Moon.

9.34am - Oliver's got a great view with his kit!
Oliver from DaresboroughUGC
Oliver, age 10, from Daresborough: "This is our home eclipse viewing experiment"
9.31am - Maximum eclipse
Maximum eclipse in the UK
This is maximum eclipse at Stonehenge, Wiltshire. Now the Sun will slowly start to reappear from behind the Moon.
Eclipse LIVE BBC
Moments later maximum eclipse was reached at Jodrell Bank in north west England
9.29am - How will animals react?

An eclipse can be a confusing experience for many animals. Nature expert Mark Champion from the Lancashire Wildlife Trust visited the Newsround studio to explain.

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Find out how the eclipse affects animals
9.15am - It's all going on
Eclipse over CornwallAP
The Moon creeping over the Sun in Cornwall

I'm with my buddies, eagerly awaiting the eclipse at the Keele Observatory, I've been waiting 16 years for this moment!

Dan, Stockport

9.12am - Ross and Kyla's viewing boxes
Ross and KylaUGC
Ross age 7 and Kyla age 6 have made special viewing boxes

Thanks to Ross and Kyla who sent us their pic of their viewing boxes, from Midlothian, Scotland.

9.08am - The view in Bridgewater
Eclipse over Bridgewater, UK, in 2015Reuters

This snap of the eclipse was taken by photographer Toby Melville in Bridgewater, south west England. A special filter has been applied to the camera lens to keep the photographer and the equipment safe.

8.45am - It's cold outside
Carol Kirkwood and Ayshah Tull

Ayshah is with BBC weather reporter Carol Kirkwood, hoping the clouds will lift so they can see the eclipse.

Ayshah said: "It's freezing cold but the Sun keeps popping out, so we're hoping to glimpse the eclipse!"

8.36am - How are you watching the eclipse?

"I'll be at school but I'll still keep a look out for how dark it will get - can't wait!"

Saeedah, 12, London

8.22am - A view from Newlyn, Cornwall
Eclipse
8.18am - The eclipse begins in the UK
Cornwall

A partial eclipse has begun in the south of the UK. People in Cornwall are "first contact" - this is the very first moment the Moon begins to pass in front of the Sun.

BBC reporter John Maguire posted his photo on Twitter.

8.15am Ayshah's hoping for the rain to stop!

Ayshah is here with our second morning bulletin, live from the Isle of Lewis.

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Newsround bulletin - 8.15am
8.12am - It begins
Eclipse in Madrid
The first glimpse of the eclipse, as seen in Madrid, Spain
8.03am - Don't look directly at it

"My school is not allowed to watch the solar eclipse in case we damage our eyes."

Sadie, 11, Lutterworth

7.42am - Excitement is building
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James on the Isle of Lewis, off the coast of Scotland.

He told Newsround: "It's a very special day because it's the first eclipse we've had since 1999 and probably the last big one we'll have until I'm 87 years old!"

The next full solar eclipse in the UK won't be until 2090, but there will be another few partial solar eclipses before then.

7.40am - Ayshah's update from the Isle of Lewis
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Newsround bulletin from 7.40am
7.34am - How much of the Sun will be covered?

People living further north in the UK will see more of the Sun covered by the Moon.

Solar eclipse map
People living in the north of the UK will see more of the Sun covered
7.18am - One hour to go

At 8.18am the southern tip of the UK will begin to see a partial eclipse.

9.30am The partial eclipse in London will reach its maximum.

9.35am Edinburgh will see a maximum partial eclipse, covering 93% of the Sun.

9.42am The total eclipse will happen in the Faroe Islands.

07.15am - Chance of seeing the eclipse?

The BBC Weather team have produced this map showing the best place to see the eclipse.

Chance of seeing an eclipse
7.10am - What causes an eclipse?
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What causes a solar eclipse?

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon's orbit lines up in between the Sun and the Earth.

The Moon blocks out the Sun's light for a short time, casting a shadow over our planet.

It's a rare event and only possible when the Moon is at exactly the right distance from the Earth.

7.03am - Eclipse weather forecast
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Will you be able to see the solar eclipse? Simon King has an eclipse weather forecast.
7.00am - Good morning, Newsrounders
Ayshah Tull on the Isle of Lewis

Today is the day of the eclipse so we've sent our reporter Ayshah to the Isle of Lewis off the coast in Scotland.

That's the best place to see the eclipse in the UK - as long as it's not cloudy.

She'll be sending us updates all morning.