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Patience pays off for Bury St Edmunds photographer waiting for a break in the clouds to snap partial solar eclipse




Despite the heavy clouds today, an eagle-eyed Bury St Edmunds photographer managed to capture the partial solar eclipse.

Robert Robertson was in the town's Abbey Gardens waiting for a break in the clouds this morning to capture the spectacle and was about to give up until his patience paid off.

"Suddenly there was a little gap in the cloud and I was rewarded with the images you see," he said.

The partial solar eclipse. Picture by Robert Robertson
The partial solar eclipse. Picture by Robert Robertson

The pictures were taken at 11.20am and 11.36am.

Nearly a third of the sun was blocked out by the moon in what is known as an annular eclipse.

An annular eclipse occurs when the sun and moon are exactly in line with the earth, but the apparent size of the moon is smaller than that of the sun.

The partial solar eclipse. Picture by Robert Robertson
The partial solar eclipse. Picture by Robert Robertson

This causes the sun to appear as a very bright ring, or annulus, in a phenomenon dubbed the 'ring of fire'.

However, observers in the UK and Ireland saw a crescent Sun instead of a ring, as this will be a partial eclipse.

The partial eclipse was due to end at 12.22pm.

The partial solar eclipse. Picture by Robert Robertson
The partial solar eclipse. Picture by Robert Robertson

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