We hope you had your glasses on. This morning, the moon danced a wild dance across the face of the sun, in a total eclipse covering at its peak 97 percent of the solar surface. That doesn't sound very "total" to me but in the eclipse game I guess you take what you can get. Turn around, bright eyes.
In London, people were practically vibrating with excitement. One couple I saw on the way into work this morning were standing out in the street, staring at the sky, drinking a bottle of champagne. Had they been up all night? Did they think things might go a bit Melancholia and that the sun would crash into the Earth, wiping out all human life? Who knows. Not us.
What we do know is that it was possibly the best solar eclipse to happen in the last 15 years. Here are the pictures – brace yourselves.
Whoa. What a morning. What a spectacle. What an eclipse!
See you for the next one in 2090. Till then, I guess we'll have to somehow reacclimatise to the London sky looking like an ashtray that has been left out overnight in the rain.