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The solar eclipse on the Spring Equinox

PUBLISHED: 19:09 20 March 2015 | UPDATED: 15:36 23 March 2015

Solar eclipse on March 20, 2015, behind Gloucester Cathedral, by Paul Nicholls, www.paulnichollsphotography.com

Solar eclipse on March 20, 2015, behind Gloucester Cathedral, by Paul Nicholls, www.paulnichollsphotography.com

Paul Nicholls, www.paulnichollsphotography.com

Compared with much of the rest of the country, it would seem we were rather fortunate in the Cotswolds with experiencing this morning’s solar eclipse.

Certainly, across Gloucestershire at least, we were blessed with comparatively clear skies for the big event which, from around 9.20am onwards, saw the sun being partially obscured by the moon.

The event seemed even more momentous when you take into account it coincided with two other celestial happenings: a Supermoon (when the full or new moon does its closest fly-by of earth), and the Spring Equinox, when day and night are of equal duration.

Two Gloucestershire-based photographers were kind enough to send us the rather beautiful images they captured this morning so, with thanks to Paul Nicholls and Phil Kroll, here’s how the eclipse looked in Gloucester and Cheltenham this morning…

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