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8 images of solar eclipses

By: Katherine Butler on May 8, 2012, 7:04 p.m.
Partial solar eclipse from Italy

Photo: David Paleino/Flickr

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Partial solar eclipse from Italy

This is a view of a partial solar eclipse taken on Jan. 4, 2011, in Italy. It looks like this image was captured at night, but solar eclipses can occur only during the day. A partial solar eclipse happens when the moon blocks out a portion of the sun. In all, 2011 was a banner year for both solar and lunar eclipses. “2011 has a rare combination of four partial solar eclipses and two total lunar eclipses,” writes This particular solar eclipse was visible from the Middle East, Northern Africa, and much of Europe.