A PARTIAL eclipse brought out eager sky-gazers this morning.

Although many were left disappointed across the county due to cloud cover, some lucky residents were able to spot the moon move in front of the sun and capture these stunning images.

Solar eclipse's only occur every one or two years, when the sun and moon are exactly in line with the earth but the apparent size of the moon is smaller than that of the sun.

Yesterday morning's spectacular celestial show began at around 10am and peaked at around 11.15am.

Nigel Wood was among those who managed to take a picture, writing: "The clouds helped as a filter for part of it."

The type of solar eclipse that occurs depends on where the moon is in its elliptical orbit. If the moon is at its closest point to Earth it can block out most of the Sun’s rays, creating the rare total eclipse.

But when the moon is aligned with the Sun when it’s near to its furthest point from the Earth, it won’t block out all light leaving a red ring or ring visible.

Observers in the county yesterday who looked to the sky saw the crescent sun instead of a ring, in a partial eclipse.

The next partial solar eclipse will take place in October 2022, and will be visible across Europe.

The next total eclipse is taking place in Antarctica later this year.

There is a long wait to the next total eclipse in the UK, the next one taking place on September 23, 2090.