Cloud hides eclipse from most of UK
Tuesday 04 January 2011
Dense cloud cover disappointed most British sky-gazers hoping to catch a glimpse of a partial solar eclipse today.
The dramatic sight of the Moon passing between the Sun and the Earth could be witnessed in parts of East Anglia and the South Coast of England, as well as across the globe.
But the majority of the country remained swathed in cloud, meaning the UK's first partial solar eclipse since August 2008 was hidden from view.
Among those thwarted by the overcast conditions were members of the Newcastle Astronomical Society, who set up telescopes and recording equipment to capture the phenomenon at St Mary's Lighthouse in Whitley Bay, near Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
But the cloud remained stubbornly in front of the Sun and the astronomers went away with nothing.
The Met Office said parts of East Anglia and the South Coast of England were clear, but most of the UK was overcast during the eclipse between about 8am and 9.30am.
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