VIDEO: Larne stargazers gather for solar eclipse

Larne stargazers gathered at Sandy Bay this morning to watch the UK’s best solar eclipse in years.

Despite the overcast weather, optimistic local people stared to the heavens hoping to witness the partial eclipse, which began at around 8.30am and saw up to 95 per cent of the sun blocked out by the moon.

Heather Murray watches the solar eclipse at Sandy Bay, Larne.  INLT 11-675-CON

Heather Murray watches the solar eclipse at Sandy Bay, Larne. INLT 11-675-CON

Larne man Paul Evans, a member of the Irish Federation of Astronomical Societies, brought a range of specialised equipment from telescopes to protective glasses, to give the small crowd of onlookers the best possible chance of catching a glimpse of the rare event.

It was noticeably darker and the temperature dipped considerably during the eclipse, which was viewed by thousands of people taking a few minutes out of their day to view something that will not be seen from these shores again until 2026.