January 4, 2011 12.34 pm This story is over 156 months old

Eclipse hidden by clouds in Lincoln

Hidden: Snowfall and clouds shrouded the partial solar eclipse, hiding it from the view of may star-gazers in Lincoln.

Dense cloud-cover disappointed most Lincoln sky-gazers hoping to catch a glimpse of a partial solar eclipse on Tuesday morning.

The 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.

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.

The Middle East and Europe had better views of the partial eclipse, with Sweden tipped to be the prime location to witness it.

Robert Castley captured the partial solar eclipse over Mawsley, Northamptonshire at 8.36am (pictured).

The next similar event will be in January 2028, when the sun will set 60% eclipsed.

Source: Press Association