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The total solar eclipse of November 3, 1994. The dark ball at the center is the Moon as it passes between the Earth and the Sun.
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Last Solar Eclipse of the Millennium on August 11
News story originally written on August 3, 1999

The last solar eclipse of this millennium was on August 11, 1999. Only people in Europe, the Middle East and India could see it. This was a total solar eclipse, which means that the Moon completely blocked out the Sun. You could see the corona during this!

When the Moon passed in front of the Sun, it covered it up! It became dark, even though it was the middle of the day. People saw the eclipse for about 2 minutes before the shadow moved. Scientists used this time to study Earth's gravity.

If you saw the eclipse, you should have protected your eyes. You should never look at the Sun directly.

Last modified June 19, 2001 by Jennifer Bergman.

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