The Faroe Islands and Svalbard in the Arctic Circle were the only places to experience a total eclipse.
People gathered for the start of a total solar eclipse in Torshavn in the Faroe Islands. Hotels in the area had been fully booked for months. Stargazers in the town got totality for a full two minutes, which started just before 09:41 GMT.
Early signs of the eclipse were seen over the domes of the Eden Project near St Austell in Cornwall.
Experts warned people not to look directly at the Sun because it could cause serious harm. Here a boy poses for a photograph wearing protective goggles in Berlin, Germany.
Despite some cloud, photographer Toby Melville captured this frame near Bridgwater in south west England.
Students Greg Robertson and Sam Firminger waited for the eclipse at Clifton Observatory in Bristol.
Total eclipses occur, on average, every 18 months somewhere on our planet.
A statue on top of Milan's cathedral in Italy was photographed as though embracing the Sun.
A homemade pin hole camera was spotted at Clifton Observatory in Bristol.
Members of the Mid Kent Astronomical Society hoped for a glimpse of the eclipse on the coast in Grain.
Teenagers waited to watch the spectacle of a partial solar eclipse in Zurich, Switzerland
Today's eclipse marked the last total solar eclipse in Europe for over a decade. The next one will appear on 12 August 2026.
Apart from a television light people watched in darkness during totality in Torshavn in the Faroe Islands.
A total solar eclipse is seen in Longyearbyen on Svalbard, Norway, March 20, 2015. REUTERS/Jon Olav Nesvold/NTB scanpix
School children wearing protective glasses pose for photographers outside The Royal Observatory during a partial solar eclipse in Greenwich, south east London March 20, 2015. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
Onlookers watch an eclipse in Longyearbyen and the Svalbard archipelago, March 20, 2015. REUTERS/Hakon Mosvold Larsen/NTB Scanpix
A student observes the shadow of a partial eclipse cast on to white paper, at the Astronomical Observatory in Bialystok, Poland March 20, 2015. REUTERS/Agencja Gazeta
People view a partial solar eclipse at Bradgate Park in Newtown Linford, central England, March 20, 2015. REUTERS/Darren Staples
Pupils of the Deutschherren school and their teachers use protective glasses to watch a partial solar eclipse in Frankfurt, Germany, March 20, 2015. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
People use protective glasses to observe a partial solar eclipse in Vienna, Austria, March 20, 2015. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
People wearing special sunglasses wait for a total solar eclipse on Svalbard, Norway March 20, 2015. REUTERS/Haakon Mosvold Larsen/NTB scanpix
Bridal pair Sarah Wolf and Michael Wilde (R) and their guests look through a rescue foil as they watch a partial solar eclipse in Munich, Germany, March 20, 2015. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle