Apparently there's some sort of solar event going on?

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Image by Lutfar Rahman Nirjhar, licensed under Creative Commons

The United Kingdom today rejoiced as it bore witness to its first total solar eclipse since 1999. At least, the parts of it that weren’t covered in blanket clouds rejoiced, and many of the people therein took to their streets and gardens to capture shots of this historic occasion.

Sadly, with AP towers located in Central London, we weren’t especially fortunate. Here is our extremely #professional attempt at documenting this celestial milestone:

Luckily, plenty of our more geographically privileged followers were on hand to improve on our sorry effort:

And plenty of other photographers around Twitter were also doing some sterling work:

https://twitter.com/MikeTonge/status/578857619542118400

 

Be warned though – you may have seen this ‘amazing’ image purportedly taken from the International Space Station circulating around.

https://twitter.com/JasonElsom/status/578837369496932352

It’s actually a fake, created in Photoshop some time ago, as documented by Gizmodo here.

If you missed this eclipse then you’ll have to wait eleven years until the next decent one, which is scheduled in for 12 August 2026. After that, you’ll have to wait 23 September 2090, so put that one in your diary now before you forget.

Also, at some point over the next eleven years try to read our guide to viewing and photographing the eclipse, so you’ll have no excuse not to be ready.

Well done to everyone who got a shot of the eclipse, and commiserations to everyone who lives under a sea of unrelenting cloud like we do. Next time!