This map shows where the eclipse can be seen.
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Courtesy of NASA
News story originally written on December 22, 2000
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, Canada, Central America, and the Carribbean. This link will tell you when you can see the eclipse in your area on Christmas Day.
Remember -- 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 Viewing!
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