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A Big Day for the Sun
News story originally written on June 20, 2001

On Thursday, June 21, 2001, there will be a total eclipse of the Sun. Only people living in Africa and Madagascar will see the real eclipse. If you don't live in Africa, you can watch the eclipse on NASA television or over the internet.

June 21st also marks the summer solstice for the northern hemisphere. The summer solstice is the first day of summer for the northern hemisphere. It is also the longest day of the year! So, you can see this really is a big day for the Sun!

Last modified June 20, 2001 by Jennifer Bergman.

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