Partial solar eclipse delights British skygazers as crescent sun seen Jun 11, 2021 0 44 12345 dpaLondonSkygazers across Britain were treated to a rare celestial show on Thursday morning as observers witnessed a crescent sun during a partial solar eclipse.Despite cloudy skies, astronomy enthusiasts were able to see nearly a third of the sun being blocked out by the moon.Robert Simpson, 39, from Milton Keynes, told the PA news agency: “I love how they [events such as the solar eclipse] make you see the moon and sun in a different way. I saw the UK partial eclipse in 2015, and a total eclipse in the US in 2017. So they are rare, but I catch them if I can.” Paul Galletly, 48, from London, said that clear skies and a higher location allowed him to take good photos of the spectacle.He said: “Outside my third-floor flat, I stood on the walkway, looked up and glimpsed the eclipse first on my mobile and then tried my luck with the Canon camera and got the shot I wanted.” Parts of the US, Canada, Europe and Asia witnessed an annular eclipse - where the sun appeared in the sky as a very bright ring, or annulus, in a phenomenon dubbed the “ring of fire.” Brandon Berkoff, 15, who watched the eclipse from a beach on Long Island, New York, described the event as “beautiful,” saying: “This was the first solar eclipse that I’ve ever seen and it definitely lived up to my expectations.” He told PA: “I woke up at about 5am and got there right as the sun got above the horizon. Once I got my telescope set up and ready it was super-enjoyable to watch it pass through the clouds and take pictures.” Observers in Britain and Ireland saw a crescent sun instead of a ring, as this was a partial eclipse.Natalie Ingate, from Chislehurst in south-east London, said she was able to see the eclipse through the cloudy skies.She told PA: “For me, it felt like a lovely connection, sharing this experience with many people I don’t know - but who share a similar curiosity, to experience this partial eclipse.” The phenomenon began at 10:08 am UK time, reaching maximum coverage at 11:13 am, before ending at 12:22 pm.The next partial solar eclipse will take place in October 2022, and will be visible across Europe, north-east Africa, the Middle East, and West Asia.But the next annular eclipse, featuring the ring of fire, is not expected to take place until 2090, with the phenomenon lasting less than four minutes. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES US pledges 500 mn doses of Pfizer/BioNTech COVID vaccine to poorer nations Jun 11, 2021 0 499 British health secretary defends decision on coronavirus lockdown Jun 11, 2021 0 38 Jail sentence for man who slapped French president Jun 11, 2021 0 41 G7 summit to discuss Russia’s overstepping of norms Falmouth, England How to deal with Russia will be one of the main foreign policy issues to be discussed by the Group of Major Industrialised Nations (G7) at its summit in England, sources said on Thursday. The focus will be .. EU tacks on to Biden call for full probe into coronavirus origins dpa Brussels The European Union’s top officials have thrown their weight behind US-led calls for deeper investigation into the origins of the novel coronavirus, in a move that may well irk Beijing. “It is of utmost .. Amnesty urges international community to take action on Uighurs Beijing The human rights organisation Amnesty International on Thursday called on the international community to do more to halt the persecution of the Muslim minority Uighurs in China. “The Chinese authorities have .. 350,000 people in Ethiopia face acute risk of starvation: UN New York (dpa) - Several United Nations agencies have sounded an alarm about hundreds of thousands of people in the embattled Tigray region of Ethiopia who are being acutely threatened by starvation. More than 350,000 .. ‘Humanitarian calamity’ if UN’s Syria aid resolution lapses: HRW New York Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned on Thursday that millions of Syrians are at risk of being without supplies as an important UN resolution on aid deliveries expires next month. “In July, the UN Security Council ..