Northern Ireland

Darkness sweeps NI with rare solar eclipse

Antrim Lens took this photo from Lough Neagh while on the right is a first sighting from Armagh Observatory
Image caption Antrim Lens took this photo from Lough Neagh while on the right is a first sighting from Armagh Observatory

People over Northern Ireland have been getting a glimpse of a rare eclipse of the sun.

The amount of cloud cover determined whether people got a clear view of the event.

The eclipse was at its fullest in Belfast at 09:31 GMT and ended at 10:39 GMT on Friday.

Experts warned people not to look directly at the sun because of the risk of it causing serious harm, but there were ways to watch it safely.

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Media captionThe BBC's rooftop camera captured the moment darkness fell over Belfast
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Image caption Conleth O'Callaghan took this shot from the technology park in Antrim
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Image caption The eclipse was visible in Ballymena during a break in the clouds
Image caption This stunning picture was taken by BBC News NI producer Seamus Kelters
Image caption A view of the solar eclipse from a BBC camera lens at Scrabo, County Down
Image caption Eclipse watchers at Belfast Zoo
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Image caption A view of the eclipse in Lurgan, County Armagh
Image caption Eclipse viewing from the top of BBC Broadcasting House in Belfast
Image caption Pupils from the Royal School in Armagh were able to view the eclipse safely wearing solar glasses
Image caption A researcher looks through a telescope at Armagh Observatory
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Image caption The eclipse was highly visible at Rathlin Island
Image caption Darkness descended during the solar eclipse in the centre of Londonderry
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Image caption A view of the eclipse at Silent Valley in the heart of the Mournes
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Image caption Pupils at Lurgan College spent time outside the classroom on Friday morning to view the eclipse
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Image caption Brendan Digney had a high vantage point on Cavehill as he waited for the eclipse

All parts of the UK were in line to see at least 83% of the sun's disc obscured by the moon.

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