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We're a country of stargazers, so it's no surprise that we come up with lots of fun ways to watch the eclipse. See some of the best pictures from the last time the sun was concealed...
The eclipse of the sun begins over the Eden Project near St Austell in Cornwall. Doesn't it look cool!
Millions of people across the country gather to watch the solar eclipse. Depending on the British weather we were either amazed or disappointed!
Solar eclipses are caused by the moon passing in front of the sun obscuring its view from Earth, whereas lunar eclipses are when the Earth comes between the sun and the moon, casting a shadow on the latter. Picture: Getty
Children watch the solar eclipse in St Austell, Cornwall.
Although most eclipses are different depending on how much of the sun or moon is obscured, you can see almost identical eclipses every 18 years and 11 days. Picture: Getty
People gather outside the Broadmarsh Shopping Centre, in Nottingham to try and capture a glimpse of the event.
The proportion of the sun which is hidden during an eclipse depends on how far away the moon is from Earth when it passes in front of the sun. Picture: PA
Liverpudlian's David and Julie Dean and their dog, wear solar glasses to watch an eclipse.
Liverpool is thrown into darkness as the eclipse occurs over the Royal Liver building in Liverpool.
If you've got some film reel from an old camera lying around it can also be used to check out the beautiful eclipse without damaging your eyes. Picture: Getty
Solar eclipses don't last relatively very long and you can only see a total solar eclipse for about 7 minutes, although partial eclipses can be seen for a bit longer. Picture: Getty
Do not steal x-rays from a hospital. We repeat, do not steal x-rays from a hospital. However, if you happen to have your own to hand, this is another way you can sky-gaze at the eclipse. Picture: Getty
Solar film strips are perfect for watching this natural phenomenon; you just might look like an extra from a sci-fi film while you're doing it. Picture: Getty
Cloud covers the eclipse of the sun and creates a ghostly effect in Plymouth in Devon.
When it comes to catching the eclipse most people opt for the specially designed paper glasses. Just make sure that EVERYONE who's looking in the direction of the sun is protected. Picture: Getty
For all you professional stargazers out there, a telescope will give you an awesome look at the eclipse. Be warned though, you might find a queue forming behind you. Picture: Getty
Unlike solar eclipses, lunar eclipses can be viewed from anywhere on the night side of the Earth for a good few hours. Picture: PA