South Scotland

Spectacular views of the eclipse in southern Scotland

eclipse Image copyright Jeremy Hesketh/Natural Power
Image caption Jeremy Hesketh captured this image near St John's Town of Dalry

Hundreds of people enjoyed spectacular views of the solar eclipse in the south of Scotland.

Forecasters had predicted that cloudy skies would obscure the view for many in the region but the clouds parted for crowds at Dumfries Museum.

At least 50 people congregated outside the building to witness the progress of the moon in front of the sun.

Many of them viewed the spectacle through special glasses, while others brought home-made pin-hole viewers.

As the moon passed over the sun at 09:35, observers noticed that it became cooler and darker.

Others watched the eclipse at the Riverside car park in Newton Stewart.

Among them was Antony Berretti, of the Galloway Forest Astronomical Society.

He said one mother told the group that her son had excitedly jumped out of bed at 06:00 and shouted: "It's the apocalypse today".

Mr Berretti said: "We all burst out laughing."

Image copyright Jeremy Hesketh/Natural Power
Image caption The eclipse reached at least 83% in all parts of the UK at about 09:35
Image copyright Bill Bremner
Image caption Bill Bremner shot a series of photographs in Dumfries which showed the progress of the eclipse
Image caption Eclipse fans posed for photos in their glasses at Dumfries museum
Image caption Oscar and Merlin Moore used a pin-hole viewer to watch the eclipse at Dumfries Museum
Image copyright PAul Travis
Image caption Paul Travis took these shots in Dolphinton, Peebleshire, just as the clouds parted
Image copyright NHS BOrders
Image caption This was the view from Borders General Hospital in Melrose
Image copyright Angus Milner-Brown
Image caption Angus Milner-Brown, in the Borders, projected an image of the eclipse on to paper.

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