Sky watchers in the Middle East and much of Europe are getting a rare treat Tuesday - a view of the first solar eclipse of the year.
The partial eclipse was first seen over Jerusalem. News reports have shown images of the sun with a darkened, curved upper section.
The percentage of the sun that appears to be obscured varies considerably depending on the location of the viewer. Astronomers say the most dramatic view is taking place over Sweden, where about 85 percent of the sun is being blocked.
However, cloudy winter skies have prevented viewers in Britain and several other countries from viewing the eclipse.
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun.