A BASINGSTOKE resident has captured the 2021 solar eclipse in skies over Basingstoke this morning (June 10).

Paul Richardson from Brookvale caught on camera the moment the moon covered approximately 20 per cent of the sun.

He told the Gazette: "This was taken with some careful exposure control, and perfect cloud coverage to be taken using only an iPhone!

"There was only a few moment during the eclipse that you could see through the clouds."

A partial solar eclipse occurs when only a portion of the is Sun blocked by the Moon, exactly how much will depend on your location.

The partial solar eclipse was be visible across the skies over Britain this morning as the moon passes between the earth and the sun.

Speaking ahead of its occurence, Dr Emily Drabek-Maunder, an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, said: “From the UK, the annular solar eclipse will be a partial eclipse, meaning that we’ll only see the Moon pass in front of a small part of the Sun.”

She said the phenomenon would begin at 10.08am on June 10 in the UK, with the maximum eclipse occurring at 11.13am, when the Moon would cover close to one-third of the Sun.

The partial eclipse then ended at 12.22pm.

However, today also marks the beginning of a new lunar cycle, with a new moon.