UK and Europe witness moments of pitch darkness

The deep shadow formed first in the North Atlantic and then swept up into the Arctic, ending at the North Pole.

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Today, Friday 20th March saw the occurrence of a momentous solar eclipse which was witnessed by millions around the world.

The eclipse which has been described as the best solar eclipse in years as a great strip of the Earth's surface was plunged into darkness as the Moon came between us and the Sun.

BBC reports that the event reached a totality at 09:41 GMT as viewed from above the Faroe Islands. In all parts of the UK the eclipse reached at least 83%.

The deep shadow formed first in the North Atlantic and then swept up into the Arctic, ending at the North Pole.

The event was witnessed by many across the UK and Europe with phases was felt in North Africa, Western Asia, parts of the Middle East and Saint John’s in Newfoundland, Canada.

It is believed that next year will have a total solar eclipse, too which will occur on 9th March, and will cross Sumatra, Borneo, Sulawesi, and extend out over the Pacific.

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