A rare solar eclipse was photographed above Merseyside.
Today, incredible photos of a partial eclipse were taken in the skies above Merseyside.
The eclipse, which occurred this morning, saw the moon block out a third of the sun in what is known as an annular eclipse.
An annular eclipse occurs when the sun and moon align perfectly with the Earth, despite the moon’s apparent size being smaller than the sun.
The sun appears as a very bright ring, or annulus, in what is known as the “ring of fire” phenomenon.
Observers in the United Kingdom and Ireland were expecting to witness a crescent sun instead of a ring due to the partial eclipse.
People all over Merseyside have been sharing their incredible photos of today’s partial eclipse in the skies over Merseyside.
While out in Liverpool this morning, ECHO photographer Colin Lane captured magnificent shots of the lighted ring around the partial eclipse.
The phonemenon was visible in the United Kingdom from 10.08 a.m., with the maximum eclipse occurring at 11.13 a.m., when the moon obscured nearly one-third of the sun.
Despite the Met Office’s prediction that partial cloud would cover the skies in some parts of the UK, skygazers were able to capture some stunning images of the unusual event.
James MacAllistair, an ECHO reader from New Brighton, was out in his front lawn hoping to catch a view of the partial eclipse and used his phone to capture a fantastic photo above the Wirral beach town.
Andy Teebay, an ECHO photographer, concentrated on the Strand and Liverpool’s historic Liver Building when he returned to the city.
He managed to get a frightening image of the partial eclipse lighting up the sky over one of the city’s Liver Birds.
Solar eclipses occur on average 2.4 times per year, however they are generally partial, with the most recent huge solar eclipse to reach Merseyside sky in 2015, when it covered about 90% of the sun’s beams, resulting in the largest blackout since 1999.
The next total solar eclipse will occur in the.