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Rare solar eclipse sweeps across US, Europe and Africa


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Rare solar eclipse sweeps across US, Europe and Africa

A rare solar eclipse has made its way over North America, Europe and Africa.

From Florida where the eclipse began, to Somalia where it ended, the natural phenomenon had the power to amaze.

Some of the best views to be had were in Kenya and in Nairobi people gathered to watch the eclipse.

Local myths there say that during an eclipse the moon is eating the sun.

One resident said: “It was actually amazing, and past my expectations, because the last eclipse I saw, you probably saw it for about 15 seconds, whereas this one went on for about four minutes or five minutes.”

There were warnings not to look at the eclipse with the naked eye but through specially filtered glasses or a pinhole camera.

This solar eclipse was a rare “hybrid” of annular and total eclipses – meaning that the extent to which the moon will block out the sun depends where you are in the world.

A partial eclipse could be seen either side in eastern United States, northern South America and southern Europe and the Middle East.

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