Saturday, August 02, 2008

Solar Eclipse Seen Around The World On Friday

August 1, 2008—During Friday morning's rare total solar eclipse, light from the sun's outer atmosphere, or corona, makes silhouettes of a man and camel in China's Gansu Province (solar eclipse facts).

The first dark signs of Friday's solar eclipse occurred early over the Canadian Arctic. The moon's shadow then arced eastward across Greenland, central Mongolia, and finally China.

The eclipse reached totality—when the sun is completely hidden by the moon—for a little over two minutes.
A total solar eclipse darkens China's 14th-century Jiayuguan fortress in Gansu Province on August 1, 2008.

Photos show the different stages of a solar eclipse above the Jiayuguan fortress along the Great Wall of China on August 1, 2008. The eclipse achieved totality (shown in the last frame) for just over two minutes.


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