The much heralded eclipse could not be seen by people in much of the Netherlands on Friday because the cloud cover failed to clear in time.
‘Every now and then you could see a watery sun with a bite out of it through the clouds,’ a disappointed Gerard Frensen of the Saturnus astronomy group in Heerhugoward told news agency ANP.
Despite the weather, some 60 people turned up to watch the eclipse in the Noord-Holland town.
The eclipse was also visible through the clouds for a few seconds in Utrecht.
At its high point, around 10.37, some 84% of the sun was in shadow. The eclipse was over at 11.48.
The weather was better in other parts of Europe, including Hamburg, where king Willem-Alexander and queen Máxima were able to enjoy the spectacle during their visit to Germany.
The next major eclipse will be visible in the Netherlands in 2021.