UPDATED: Solar eclipse excitement in Banbury

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Keen eclipse viewers in the Banbury area have used social media to post images from the first major astronomical event of this century.

Hanwell Observatory tweeted: “Beautifully clear skies for the #eclipse in Banbury at the moment!”

The group has also posted a timelapse of the eclipse on You Tube.

Pictures have also been posted by Chipping Norton Amateur Astronomy Group who had telescopes with special filters set up in the town centre so skywatchers could see the eclipse as it happened.

John Scales tweeted: “@BBCStargazing through clouds. Clouds adding a bit of atmos in the atmos! Banbury, Oxfordshire.”

Ronke Chalmers tweeted: “Eerie #eclipse light. #Banbury instagram.com/p/0cbMcOM5lK/”

Banbury and Bicester College also had their photography team out taking pictures