03/20/2015 11:36 am ET | Updated Mar 20, 2015

If You Missed The 2015 Solar Eclipse, These Photos Provide A Stunning Recap Of The Celestial Event

Millions of skywatchers across Northern Europe and parts of Asia and Africa were treated to a rare solar eclipse early Friday morning.

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The point of greatest eclipse occurred above the Norwegian Sea around 5:46 a.m EDT on March 20, 2015, with the greatest period of darkness lasting for about three minutes, BBC reported.

Though the eclipse was not visible for those in the U.S., and clouds obscured the skies for some viewers in the U.K. and Faroe Islands, many professional and amateur photographers were able to capture spectacular views of the new moon blotting out the sun.

The next total solar eclipse that will be visible in parts of the U.S. will occur on Aug. 21, 2017.

If you missed the show, check out a stunning recap below.

    ESA’s Sun-watching Proba-2 minisatellite had a ringside seat to view the eclipse from orbit, using its SWAP imager to capture this image of the moon passing in front of the sun.
    The moon crossing in front of the sun during the solar eclipse as seen from Berlin, Germany.
    A skywatcher uses special glasses to view a partial solar eclipse as people gather near the Sphinx at the Giza Pyramids on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt.
    The sun is seen during the solar eclipse in Marseille, southern France.
    The moon blocks part of the sun during the solar eclipse as seen over a statue at one of the city landmarks, the General Staff Headquarters in St. Petersburg, Russia.
    The solar eclipse is seen through a dark glass plate in Sarajevo, Bosnia.
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    Students from Saint Ursula's Covent Secondary School in Greenwich pose for a photograph wearing protective glasses at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.
    The moon blocks part of the sun during the solar eclipse as seen over the city landmarks statue in St.Petersburg, Russia.
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    A skywatcher places solar glasses on a dog in preparation to view the eclipse in Regent's Park in London.
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    A child lying on the grass uses sunglasses to catch a glimpse of the solar eclipse in Antalya southern province of Turkey.
    Performers play instruments at sunrise near a prehistoric stone shrine aligned to the Spring Equinox in Chas, northeast Portugal during the eclipse.
  • AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic
    People use exposed X-ray films to observe the eclipse in Belgrade, Serbia.
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    The eclipse visible over a statue located at the rooftop of Austrian Art History Museum in Vienna.
  • AP Photo/ Sergei Grits
    The solar eclipse is reflected onto a white piece of cardboard during a viewing party in Minsk, Belarus.
  • AP Photo/Frank Augstein
    A young boy wearing his father's welding mask to watch the solar eclipse in Duisburg, Germany.
  • AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti
    The moon blocks part of the sun during the solar eclipse seen in Barcelona, Spain.
  • AP Photo/Matt Dunham
    The moon passes between the sun and the Earth after the totality phase of a total solar eclipse as seen from a hill beside a hotel near Torshavn, the capital of the Faeroe Islands.
  • AP Photo/Ariel Schalit
    An Israeli man looks up at the sun wearing protective glasses to watch the eclipse in the town of Givatayim, near Tel Aviv, Israel.
    The eclipse over Strasbourg, eastern France.
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    A man wearing glasses to view the eclipse.
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    The eclipse in Vigo, northwestern Spain.
    The solar eclipse above the Kremlin in Moscow.
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    The solar eclipse in Plymouth, United Kingdom.
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    People use special glasses to look into the sky at a partial solar eclipse on March 20, 2015 in Munich, Germany. Over Central Europe the moon was scheduled to cover approximately 75% of the sun for a short period starting at approximately 9:30am. The next solar eclipse will not occur until 2021.


Solar Eclipse 2015 Photos