The moon obscured a third of the sun for UK skygazers at the time.

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The moon obscured a third of the sun for UK skygazers at the time.

On Thursday morning, skygazers across the UK were treated to a rare celestial spectacle when they saw a crescent sun during a partial solar eclipse.

Despite gloomy skies, astronomy aficionados were able to view the moon blocking roughly a third of the sun.

“I enjoy how they (events like the solar eclipse) make you see the moon and sun in a different way,” Robert Simpson, 39, of Milton Keynes, told the PA news agency.

“I witnessed a partial eclipse in the United Kingdom in 2015 and a total eclipse in the United States in 2017.” So they’re uncommon, but I try to catch them whenever I can.”

Clear sky and a higher vantage point allowed Paul Galletly, 48, of London, to shoot good shots of the sight.

“I stepped on the sidewalk outside my third-floor flat, looked up, and saw the eclipse first on my phone, then tried my luck with the Canon camera and got the photo I wanted,” he added.

An annular eclipse occurred in parts of the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia, in which the sun appeared in the sky as a very bright ring, or annulus, in a phenomenon known as the “ring of fire.”

Brandon Berkoff, 15, who watched the eclipse from a beach on Long Island, New York, described the event as “beautiful”, saying: “This was the first solar eclipse that I’ve ever seen and it definitely lived up to my expectations.”

“I woke up at 5 a.m. and arrived just as the sun rose beyond the horizon,” he told PA.

“Watching the telescope pass through the clouds and taking pictures was a lot of fun after I got it set up and ready.”

Because this was a partial eclipse, observers in the United Kingdom and Ireland observed a crescent sun instead of a ring.

Through the overcast skies, Natalie Ingate of Chislehurst in south-east London was able to observe the eclipse.

“For me, it seemed like a great connection, sharing this event with many individuals I don’t know – but who share a same interest,” she told PA. (This is a brief piece.)

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