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Witness a partial solar eclipse on Sunday

Published 05/19/2012, The Jamestown Sun

Much of the western U.S. will witness an annular or partial solar eclipse this coming Sunday. Because the moon is near apogee (its farthest distance from the Earth this month), its disk will be too small to cover the sun completely, so that at maximum totality the solar rim still will be visible. Such eclipses are called annular, from “annulus,” the Latin word for “ring.”

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