Solar eclipse over Edinburgh: As it happened

The solar eclipse begins above Edinburgh. Picture: Comp
The solar eclipse begins above Edinburgh. Picture: Comp
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Residents turned out in droves to witness Edinburgh enter the twilight zone of a near-total solar eclipse, despite some cloud cover.

Some lucky sky-watchers got to experience the full extent of the event as the moon crossed in front of the sun, covering up to 93% of its face.

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Around the UK, the proportion of the sun covered by the moon increased towards the north, ranging from 84% in London to 89% in Manchester, and 97% in Lerwick in the Shetland Isles.

Times also varied. In overcast London, the eclipse began at 8.24am, and reached its maximum extent at 9.31am. For observers in Edinburgh, it started at 8.30am and peaked at 9.35 am.

Cloudy weather is predicted to put a dampener on hopes of seeing the eclipse. Picture: Getty

Cloudy weather is predicted to put a dampener on hopes of seeing the eclipse. Picture: Getty