Winter solstice marked by eclipse
Millions of people have had the chance to get a glimpse of the first total lunar eclipse for nearly three years.
The moon moved into earth's shadow on Monday, starting at 6.32am, followed by a total eclipse starting at 7.40am.
Dr Robert Massey, of the Royal Astronomical Society, said: "In the northern half of England and Scotland and Northern Ireland, I think people in these areas had a pretty good view. It did not go well in London because we were clouded out."
He continued: "Further north, I think it lived up to expectations in that the reports were very positive and the moon did go this deep red colour. At least that is what the images I have seen suggest.
"Some of these natural phenomena or astronomical phenomena are incredibly useful and the good thing about them is that you don't even need a telescope, you just need eyes to see them.
"A lunar eclipse is, if you like, nature's free gift. Anyone with clear skies can go out and look at it."
The total eclipse began at 7.40am, with the satellite close to the western horizon and in a rapidly brightening sky, and lasted for around 73 minutes.
The last total lunar eclipse, when the sun, earth and moon are almost exactly in line, with the moon and sun on opposite sides of the planet, was in February 2008.