A little bit of cloud wasn't going to stop the hardy skywatchers from taking a prime spot to watch the eclipse.

A covering of cloud ensured only disappointment for most Londoners but at least those who gathered at the Royal Observatory at Greenwich could enjoy the party atmosphere.

The eclipse began at about 8.25am and ended at 10.40am, with nearly 85 per cent of the sun covered at 9.30am as the Moon moved in front of the Sun, although the change in light and temperature was barely noticeable.

Satellite animation from the Meteosat-9 geostationary satellite, above, shows that it did happen somewhere above the cloud layer.

A partial eclipse won't happen again till 2026 with a total eclipse not due to 2090.