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Scotland watches the partial solar eclipse

People across Scotland have captured Friday morning's partial solar eclipse.

Some parts of the country benefited from clear skies, while others got just seconds-only opportunities to glimpse the event through breaks in thick cloud.

During the partial solar eclipse the temperature dropped and traffic on the roads turned on their headlights.

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Image caption Shonagh Ferguson and Gary Kane captured their image of the event from Stirling through a telescope using a smartphone
Image caption People gathered in Dumfries ahead of the partial solar eclipse
Image caption Dundee saw large gatherings of eclipse watchers
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Image caption The Moon begins to move across the Sun in an image taken from Aberdeen by Kyle Melia
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Image caption The behaviour of wildlife, including birds, is believed to change during such events. Colin Lourie took this photograph of a flock of birds during the event
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Image caption Duncan McLachlan at the UK's most northerly nuclear power site, Dounreay, near Thurso in Caithness, also observed the partial solar eclipse
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Image caption An eclipse watcher in the grounds of Glasgow University, taking eye protection precautions. Photo by Ian Woodrow of Houston, Renfrewshire.
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Image caption Viewing the event using cardboard box pinhole cameras in Moniaive and a welder's helmet at Thurso's North Highland College UHI in pictures by Sue Grant and UHI
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Image caption Dennis Fife, QinetiQ’s St Kilda manager, took his images from a radar station on the remote St Kilda archipelago. The middle image shows aircraft contrails during the eclipse
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Image caption Alan Campbell took his picture from Heathhall in Dumfries
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Image caption Tina Buchanan took her photograph from Aberdeen city centre
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Image caption Clouds made for atmospheric shots from Wick, Glasgow Airport, Lennoxtown and Edinburgh Castle. Physics student Tomi Baikie said the colours were formed by light diffracting through ice crystals in the clouds
Image caption In Inverness thick cloud threatened to spoil views completely before a break in the cloud lasting a matter of seconds. A crowd gathered at Inverness Castle cheered when they got the briefest of glimpses
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Image caption A photograph taken in Edinburgh on top of Blackford Hill next to the Royal observatory by Andrew Gillespie
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Image caption Robert Allan in Linlithgow used four layers of theatre lighting filter to achieve the blue effect and Kim Bennett in Cupar created a filter using an empty fromage frais pot
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Image caption Alan Tough, from Elgin, said he took this image while on a flight at 28,000ft from somewhere over the Faroes

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