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The last total eclipse of the sun visible from the UK until 2090 took place on August 11th 1999.

The eclipse was total for a path stretching from the North Atlantic to India, passing over the Isles of Scilly, Cornwall, the SW tip of Devon, Alderney, and through NE France, southern Germany, Austria, Hungary, and Romania. It occured shortly after 11:10 BST in Cornwall, and about 20-25 minutes later in France and Germany.

Along the central line, totality lasted 2 minutes 20 seconds in Germany, and 2 minutes 4 seconds in Cornwall.

The last total solar eclipse visible from the UK mainland was on 29 June 1927. The path of totality crossed north Wales and northern England where the weather was mostly cloudy. Totality lasted only 24 seconds. A total eclipse was visible from the very north of the Shetland Islands on 30 June 1954. The next total solar eclipse visible from the UK mainland is on 23 September 2090. One is visible from the Faroes in 2015 and another from the Channel Islands in 2081.