This map shows where the eclipse can be seen.
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News story originally written on December 22, 2000
Cultures throughout the world celebrate Christmas in a variety of ways. Christmas Day in North America this year may see decorated trees, a feast for dinner or a special church service...but North America will also celebrate Christmas Day this year with the last eclipse of the millennium.
This partial solar eclipse will be visible from the USA (not including Alaska and Hawaii), Canada, Central America, and the Carribbean. This link will tell you the timing of the eclipse in your area on Christmas Day.
Remember to never look directly at the Sun. There are safe ways to view the eclipse.
The first eclipse of the new millennium will be soon after this special Christmas eclipse on January 9, 2001. This lunar eclipse will be visible for those in Europe, Africa and Asia.
However you celebrate this holiday season, we at Windows to the Universe wish you all Happy Holidays and Happy Eclipse Viewing!
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