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Total solar eclipse is visible only as partial eclipse

A total eclipse of the Sun occurred Friday afternoon, beginning at 13.34 Indian Standard Time when the shadow of the Moon first touched the earth at sunrise. The eclipse will end at 18.08 hours IST when the Moon's shadow finally leaves the Earth at local sunset near a point in the Bay of Bengal close to Andaman Nicobar Island. The total phase begins at 14.53 Hrs IST at a point near south eastern coast of Victoria Island in northern Canada, and ends at  16.50 Hrs IST at a point near Xi'an in south east China.  The greatest phase of the eclipse with magnitude 1.040 occurred at 1551 Hrs IST near a point close to Nadym in northern Russia. The duration of the total phase at this point is 2 minutes 30 seconds.

The eclipse will be partially visible throughout India. The total eclipse will be visible in the region covering northern and eastern parts of North America, Greenland, northern Europe and Asia except Japan.
The next total eclipse of the Sun will occur on 22nd July, 2009. The path of the totality of the same eclipse will pass through India.

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