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Rare "Ring of Fire" eclipse

<p>Two men sit on a bridge to watch an annular solar eclipse in Zhengzhou, Henan province, January 15, 2010. The longest, ring-like solar eclipse of the millennium started on Jan 15, with astronomers saying the Maldives was the best place to view the phenomenon that will not happen again for over 1,000 years. REUTERS/Donald Chan </p>

Two men sit on a bridge to watch an annular solar eclipse in Zhengzhou, Henan province, January 15, 2010. The longest, ring-like solar eclipse of the millennium started on Jan 15, with astronomers saying the Maldives was the best place to view the...more

Two men sit on a bridge to watch an annular solar eclipse in Zhengzhou, Henan province, January 15, 2010. The longest, ring-like solar eclipse of the millennium started on Jan 15, with astronomers saying the Maldives was the best place to view the phenomenon that will not happen again for over 1,000 years. REUTERS/Donald Chan

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<p>People use solar viewers to view an annular solar eclipse at the Nehru planetarium in Mumbai January 15, 2010. The annular eclipse of Sun, which will last for over 11 minutes during it's maximum duration, will be visible from a 300-km wide track that passes half of the Earth, according to NASA. REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe </p>

People use solar viewers to view an annular solar eclipse at the Nehru planetarium in Mumbai January 15, 2010. The annular eclipse of Sun, which will last for over 11 minutes during it's maximum duration, will be visible from a 300-km wide track that...more

People use solar viewers to view an annular solar eclipse at the Nehru planetarium in Mumbai January 15, 2010. The annular eclipse of Sun, which will last for over 11 minutes during it's maximum duration, will be visible from a 300-km wide track that passes half of the Earth, according to NASA. REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe

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<p>A man uses a photographic film strip to observe an annular eclipse near the Kibera slums in Kenya's capital Nairobi, January 15, 2010. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya </p>

A man uses a photographic film strip to observe an annular eclipse near the Kibera slums in Kenya's capital Nairobi, January 15, 2010. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

A man uses a photographic film strip to observe an annular eclipse near the Kibera slums in Kenya's capital Nairobi, January 15, 2010. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

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<p>A student watches the solar eclipse through a telescope in Bangkok January 15, 2010. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom  </p>

A student watches the solar eclipse through a telescope in Bangkok January 15, 2010. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom

A student watches the solar eclipse through a telescope in Bangkok January 15, 2010. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom

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<p>A combination picture shows the sequence of an annular solar eclipse as observed in Suining, Sichuan province January 15, 2010.  REUTERS/Stringer</p>

A combination picture shows the sequence of an annular solar eclipse as observed in Suining, Sichuan province January 15, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer

A combination picture shows the sequence of an annular solar eclipse as observed in Suining, Sichuan province January 15, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>Students watch the solar eclipse through a solar viewer in Bangkok January 15, 2010. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom  </p>

Students watch the solar eclipse through a solar viewer in Bangkok January 15, 2010. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom

Students watch the solar eclipse through a solar viewer in Bangkok January 15, 2010. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom

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<p>Saudi residents watch a solar eclipse in Jeddah January 15, 2010.  REUTERS/Zaki Ghawas   </p>

Saudi residents watch a solar eclipse in Jeddah January 15, 2010. REUTERS/Zaki Ghawas

Saudi residents watch a solar eclipse in Jeddah January 15, 2010. REUTERS/Zaki Ghawas

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<p>The beginning of a solar eclipse is shown on a hand in Amman January 15, 2010.   REUTERS/Ali Jarekji  </p>

The beginning of a solar eclipse is shown on a hand in Amman January 15, 2010. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji

The beginning of a solar eclipse is shown on a hand in Amman January 15, 2010. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji

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<p>The moon passes between the sun and the earth during an annular solar eclipse in Chongqing municipality, January 15, 2010.  REUTERS/Shi Tou</p>

The moon passes between the sun and the earth during an annular solar eclipse in Chongqing municipality, January 15, 2010. REUTERS/Shi Tou

The moon passes between the sun and the earth during an annular solar eclipse in Chongqing municipality, January 15, 2010. REUTERS/Shi Tou

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<p>Villagers watch the annular eclipse of the sun through a welding mask at Harwood Point, south of Kolkata January 15, 2010. REUTERS/Parth Sanyal  </p>

Villagers watch the annular eclipse of the sun through a welding mask at Harwood Point, south of Kolkata January 15, 2010. REUTERS/Parth Sanyal

Villagers watch the annular eclipse of the sun through a welding mask at Harwood Point, south of Kolkata January 15, 2010. REUTERS/Parth Sanyal

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<p>People use solar viewers while looking at the annular eclipse of the sun in Baghdad, January 15, 2010.   REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen </p>

People use solar viewers while looking at the annular eclipse of the sun in Baghdad, January 15, 2010. REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen

People use solar viewers while looking at the annular eclipse of the sun in Baghdad, January 15, 2010. REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen

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<p>People use photographic film strips to observe an annular eclipse near the Kibera slums in Kenya's capital Nairobi, January 15, 2010. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya </p>

People use photographic film strips to observe an annular eclipse near the Kibera slums in Kenya's capital Nairobi, January 15, 2010. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

People use photographic film strips to observe an annular eclipse near the Kibera slums in Kenya's capital Nairobi, January 15, 2010. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

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<p>The moon passes between the sun and the earth during a solar eclipse in Shanghai January 15, 2010.  REUTERS/Aly Song </p>

The moon passes between the sun and the earth during a solar eclipse in Shanghai January 15, 2010. REUTERS/Aly Song

The moon passes between the sun and the earth during a solar eclipse in Shanghai January 15, 2010. REUTERS/Aly Song

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<p>Students view an annular solar eclipse on a projector attached to a telescope in Anuradhapura, January 15, 2010.
 REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds </p>

Students view an annular solar eclipse on a projector attached to a telescope in Anuradhapura, January 15, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

Students view an annular solar eclipse on a projector attached to a telescope in Anuradhapura, January 15, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

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<p>A girl watches a solar eclipse in Amman January 15, 2010.    REUTERS/Ali Jarekji </p>

A girl watches a solar eclipse in Amman January 15, 2010. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji

A girl watches a solar eclipse in Amman January 15, 2010. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji

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<p>Student watch the solar eclipse through solar viewers in Bangkok January 15, 2010. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom  </p>

Student watch the solar eclipse through solar viewers in Bangkok January 15, 2010. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom

Student watch the solar eclipse through solar viewers in Bangkok January 15, 2010. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom

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<p>The solar eclipse is seen over the Tamsui River, northern Taiwan, January 15, 2010.     REUTERS/Stringer </p>

The solar eclipse is seen over the Tamsui River, northern Taiwan, January 15, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer

The solar eclipse is seen over the Tamsui River, northern Taiwan, January 15, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer

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