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Wednesday, August 11, 1999 Published at 11:53 GMT 12:53 UK

Picture gallery: All eyes skyward

Cloudy skies across much of northern Europe did not dampen the spirits of millions of eclipse watchers who turned out to witness an event many call nature's greatest spectacle.

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Totality bites: South-west England falls into darkness as the Sun is obscured.

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At 1113BST Cornwall's famous St Michael's Mount disappears into the shadows.

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As the skies darkened across France, eclipse watchers followed advice and kept their eyes protected.

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Meanwhile, the eclipse shadow sped eastwards as watchers in Austria prepared to get their view.

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Even in areas with thick cloud, the awesome sight was captured on camera.

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But in Munich, the heavy rains broke just at the moment of totality, making the event a washout.

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Just minutes after totality, the Sun begins to re-emerge.

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