THIS stunning photo was taken by a resident of a partial solar eclipse on Thursday.

Colchester Gazette reader Mark Perron sent in this photo of the annual eclipse.

An annular eclipse occurs 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.

This causes the sun to appear as a very bright ring, or annulus, in a phenomenon dubbed as the “ring of fire”.

However, observers in the UK and Ireland on Thursday saw a crescent sun instead of a ring, as this will be a partial eclipse.

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