A total solar eclipse occurred this morning, captured in the Faroe Islands, and Svalbard. A partial eclipse was visible from Scotland to northern Africa. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes in front of the sun. The moon obscures our parent start and becomes a dark silhouette edged with light. Because the moon blocks the sun's rays, it casts a shadow of darkness over a small part of Earth beneath it. Lunar eclipses are different in that Earth comes between the sun and the moon.