On January 4, people from all over the world had a chance to observe the first partial solar eclipse in 2011. A solar eclipse takes place when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, creating amazing moments for skywatchers. The first partial solar eclipse of this year was first seen on January 4 over Jerusalem where the sun appeared to have taken a large bit out of its upper right section. The phenomenon was also seen after sunrise over most of Europe, northern Africa and the Middle East. It ended at sunset over western Asia including Russia, northwest China, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and so on.
The first solar eclipse in 2011 was a partial eclipse of the Sun that was seen after sunrise over most of Europe, northern Africa and the Middle East.
This is the first partial solar eclipse in 2011. It is said that three others partial solar eclipses will occur this year.
A plane was moving in the cloudy skies over Barcelona, Spain during the partial solar eclipse
The next total eclipse will occur in the South Pacific in 2013 and the diamond ring solar eclipse will take place in the North Pacific in 2012.
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The photo is about the different stages of the partial solar eclipse
A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun. People were watching the solar eclipse near Tel Aviv, Israel
Venezuelan tourists were watching the partial solar eclipse in front of the Great Pyramid in Giza, Egypt
This first solar eclipse ended at sunset over western Asia including Russia, northwest China, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and so on
The image of the first partial solar eclipse in 2011 was taken in the city of Alicante in southeastern Spain.
This is the clearest solar eclipse in Europe in many years
The partial solar eclipse was seen through bands of cloud in Locon, France.
Many people all over the world could enjoy the phenomenon. The photo was taken near Stonehenge in Wiltshire UK
Carrying telescopes to St Mary\'s Lighthouse in Newcastle, U.K, members of the Newcastle Astronomical Society were waiting to get a view of the solar eclipse.
A boy was half-buried in the sand on a bank of the river Indus in Hyderabad, Pakistan to observe the partial solar eclipse.
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