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Partial solar eclipse seen in Syria, Europe, North Africa, West Asia.

Damascus, (SANA) -- Syria witnessed on Tuesday a partial solar eclipse which reached 63% in the town of Ifrin northwest of Aleppo, northern Syria.

The eclipse was visible in Europe, North Africa and West Asia up to parts of India, China and Russia.In Syria, the sun was covered by 57% in Sweida governorate, 59% in Damascus, 60% in Deir Ezzor, 61% in Homs, Hama, Hasaka and Tartous, and 62% in Lattakia and Aleppo.The eclipse began in Damascus at 09:13 AM and ended at 12:20 PM.The highest percentage of the eclipse was in Russia, Finland, Sweden and Norway, with 86% of the sun obscured.The Syrian Amateur Astronomers Association (SAAA) organized an event to watch the eclipse at its observatory in Sahnaya near Damascus, providing special glasses to watch the eclipse.The last total solar eclipse witnessed in Syria was in August 1999, and no total eclipse will be seen in Syria for the duration of the entire 21st century.There are four types of solar eclipses: total, annular, partial and hybrid,A total eclipse occurs when the dark silhouette of the moon completely obscures the sun, allowing the much fainter solar corona to be visible.An annular eclipse occurs when the sun and moon are exactly in line, with the sun appearing as a very bright ring, or annulus, surrounding the outline of the moon.A partial eclipse occurs when the sun and moon are not exactly in line and the moon only partially obscures the sun.A hybrid eclipse shifts between a total and annular eclipse.

Hybrid eclipses are comparatively rare.H.


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Date:Jan 4, 2011
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