Tuesday, January 04, 2011
Skywatchers capture partial solar eclipse

The first of four partial solar eclipses forecast for 2011 took place Tuesday, and skywatchers throughout Europe, North Africa and central Asia captured the celestial event. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the earth, obscuring the sun's surface. No total solar eclipses are forecast for this year, making the partial eclipses more of a viewing treat.


In Tilburg, The Netherlands, Jennifer Stahmer's boyfriend left for work Tuesday morning and told her to look out for the eclipse. At about 8:45 a.m., she snapped photos from her balcony and said it was "amazing when I saw the little piece of sun sticking out ... I haven't seen anything like this in my life.”


Mihai Curtasu, 20, in Bucharest, Romania, had some fun projecting the eclipsed sun on the wall through cardboard punched with message and images. He says he has seen almost all the eclipses since 2004 that could be seen from Romania.


James Cheatham, an American living in Jerusalem, borrowed a camera and filter from a friend and went outside at 10:25 a.m. to quickly snap a photo. He said the clouds "made it look mysterious … an Edgar Allen Poe sort of feel.”


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January 5, 2011
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Amazing picture.

January 5, 2011
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Great Shots!

January 6, 2011
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great pictures..what a priviledge to have seen that ...

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