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The biggest solar eclipse since 1999 takes place over northern Europe and the UK

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The biggest solar eclipse since 1999 takes place over northern Europe and the UK
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The solar eclipse has kept people in Northern Europe and the UK looking up at the sky. As the moon moved between the sun and the earth, it plunged the planet into darkness.

The eclipse began at 08.41 CET but the moon’s shadow first fell on the earth at 10.13 CET.

Experts warned that people should not look directly at the sun, but should use glasses especially made for the purpose.

There will not be such a large solar eclipse again over Europe before 2016. The last one on this scale was in 1999. Next year there will be a total eclipse of the sun over Sumatra, Borneo and the Pacific Ocean.

People in northern European countries like Scotland, had the best view of the eclipse, cloud cover permitting.