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:
The eclipse is happening right now. Here's our best shot so far from AP HQ, show us yours! pic.twitter.com/qIgL6MZ3v1
— Amateur Photographer (@AP_Magazine) March 20, 2015
Luckily, plenty of our more geographically privileged followers were on hand to improve on our sorry effort:
— Sonia D Wild (@wild_sonia) March 20, 2015
— Paul Morgan (@pe_morgan) March 20, 2015
— Catherine manser (@Manser1967) March 20, 2015
— matthew ormston (@matt_ormston) March 20, 2015
— Claire Rose Waugh (@I_AM_CLAIREEY) March 20, 2015
— Buster Brown (@BusterBB001) March 20, 2015
— Mulhall Photography (@Mulhallphotos) March 20, 2015
And plenty of other photographers around Twitter were also doing some sterling work:
A great image of this morning's eclipse taken from the One in a Million free school by the Coral Windows Stadium. pic.twitter.com/LIcNXM7xXq
— Bradford City AFC (@officialbantams) March 20, 2015
View of the partial solar eclipse observed in Penwortham at 9.20am this morning taken by Bob Clare. pic.twitter.com/cXy3JvG9Zg
— BBC Lancashire (@BBCLancashire) March 20, 2015
Heres the best shot I managed to get of the Eclipse in the cloudy sky here north of Manchester… pic.twitter.com/6f3U8wBLW9
— Mark Forrer (@markforrer) March 20, 2015
Perfect viewing weather, slight cloud and pic off my phone. pic.twitter.com/gLUyXCxxzI
— paul moffat (@paulmoffatphoto) March 20, 2015
Be warned though – you may have seen this ‘amazing’ image purportedly taken from the International Space Station circulating around.
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!