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Slideshow: Solar eclipse 2011

If you couldn’t drag yourself out of bed this morning to stare at the sky, don’t worry – here are the best pics of the solar eclipse.

ALTHOUGH WE ARE just four days into 2011, the biggest astronomical event of the year is already over.

Today was your last chance to see a solar eclipse for the next four years. The partial eclipse was visible from Ireland until around 9.20am this morning; at its peak the moon covered 40 per cent of the sun’s surface.

If you missed it, don’t fret – we’ve collected some of the best photographs from across the globe.

And if that’s not enough, clear your calendar for March 2015 – when the next eclipse is due.

Slideshow: Solar eclipse 2011
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  • Solar eclipse, Ireland

  • Solar eclipse, Palestine

  • Solar eclipse, Russia

  • Solar eclipse, Bosnia

  • Solar eclipse, Jordan

  • Solar eclipse, Macedonia

  • Solar eclipse, Czech Republic

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