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A partial solar eclipse is seen from the grounds of Belfast Zoo, in Belfast March 20, 2015. A solar eclipse swept across the Atlantic Ocean on Friday with the moon blocking out the sun for a few thousand sky gazers on remote islands with millions more in Europe, Africa and Asia getting a partial celestial show. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton - RTR4U5LI
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A sliver of sun.
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Video: The full solar eclipse

By Zach Wener-Fligner

This morning (March 19) starting at about 8:18 a.m. and lasting until about 10:42 a.m. GMT, a solar eclipse was visible in the UK and other parts of Europe.

Many donned safety glasses so that they could stare at the sun for a few hours without damaging their eyes, to catch the rare occurrence, which happens when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun:

In the UK, the solar eclipse was only partial, meaning that the sun was never fully blocked out by the moon. To see a full eclipse, you had to be in the Faroe Islands or on the archipelago of Svalbard, Norway.

Those who were there had a tremendous view. Here’s a video of the climactic moments of the eclipse taken by Liz Bonnin of the BBC on a flight over the Faroe Islands. (It’s worth watching with sound to hear the excellent commentary):

And here, from Sky News, is a video that condenses the full two-and-a-half hours of the eclipse into 60 seconds.