The 2021 solar eclipse has been caught on camera by two members of Salisbury Camera Club.

Kevin Emery and Claire Sheppard both managed to capture this morning's spectacle in Pitton, near Salisbury and in the New Forest.

Salisbury Journal: The partial eclipse. By Kevin EmeryThe partial eclipse. By Kevin Emery

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.

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

However, observers in the UK and Ireland saw a crescent sun instead of a ring, as this was a partial eclipse.

The phenomenon began at 10.08am UK time, reaching maximum coverage at 11.13am, before ending at 12.22pm.

Salisbury Journal: The partial eclipse over the New Forest. By Claire SheppardThe partial eclipse over the New Forest. By Claire Sheppard

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.

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