Published: 07:00, 20 March 2015
The skies darkened and birds stopped singing - but many were left disappointed as clouds obscured Kent's view of the eclipse today.
A shadow descended as people looked skywards in the hope of seeing the rare phenomenon, which got under way at 8.24am and lasted two hours.
But despite astronomers staying hopeful until the last minute that we might experience some of the eclipse, the blanket of cloud refused to budge.
Video: Cloud prevents Kent from seeing the eclipse: Jem Collins reports
Forecasts say the cloud will clear later today - but that will be little consolation for those who turned out to watch the event.
Grey skies may have cast a shadow on people's hopes, but many who posted on Twitter saw the funny side.
Gavin Lacey, of Mid-Kent Astronomical Society, said yesterday: "Hopefully we'll have a break in the cloud at some point so people will be able to see a bit of it."
South East Kent Astronomical Society chairman Martin Hemsley agreed.
He said: "The weather is looking a bit iffy, which is disappointing because we don’t get to experience it very often.
“It’s nice to get good images, and we will film it and then create a picture from the best moment. But it will rely on the cloud thinning, so we are just keeping our fingers crossed.”
Viewers in Kent were hoping to see the moon cover about 85% of the sun, making this the most impressive solar eclipse since 1999.
Herne Bay Amateur Astronomical Society held an expert-led session at Herne and Broomfield Country Park.
Elsewhere, Mid-Kent Astronomical Societies set up an array of specially protected telescopes for public viewing on the beach at Grain Village.
Ian Hargraves, Chairman of Mid-Kent Astronomical Society, said: "It's very strange. In 1999 in Kent it went chilly and very quiet and the sky went a very eerie colour.
"The birds definitely got ready to roost. The light is not like at dusk or twilight, it's different, and the atmosphere is quite difficult to explain.
"It's very well worth experiencing."
Total eclipses only occur due to a strange set of coincidences, when the sun and the moon both appear to be the same size in the sky even though they are vastly different sizes and located many millions of miles away from each other.
Astronomy fans turned out to events in different parts of the county, and Mid-Kent Astronomical Societies set up an array of specially protected telescopes for public viewing on the beach at Grain Village.
The first phase of the eclipse, known as first contact, was at 08:24, with mid eclipse at 09.30am, and the last phase, or final contact, at 10.41am.
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