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Early partial solar eclipse for 2011

Tuesday will witness the first partial solar eclipse of 2011.People standing across a great swathe of the Earth’s surface will see the Moon take a big bite out of the Sun.For north Africa and much of Europe, the event starts at sunrise, whereas in central Russia and northwest China, the spectacle occurs at sunset.Northeast Sweden should get the best experience. At 0850 GMT, near the city of Skelleftea, the Moon will cover almost 90% of the Sun’s diameter.Skywatchers will have to have a high vantage point, however, as both celestial bodies will be skirting the horizon at that time.As is always the case for solar eclipses, the public is being warned to take great care.Viewing the Sun’s harsh light should only be done through protective equipment – proper solar glasses and solar telescopes, or through a pinhole projection system.

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