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ONTD_Political's PotD: January 05, 2011.


The First Solar Eclipse of 2011 (N. Africa/The Mid East/Europe) | Yesterday a partial solar eclipse took place, observable through most of Europe and northwestern Asia. A solar eclipse happens when the moon lines up between the sun and the Earth, casting a lunar shadow on the Earth's surface and obscuring the solar disk. During a partial solar eclipse, only part of the sun is blotted out. Over parts of Europe, as much as two-thirds of the sun slipped from view behind the moon. The eclipse was first seen Tuesday over Jerusalem, where the sun appeared to have taken a large bit out of its upper right section. The region that saw the greatest eclipse was in northern Sweden. This was the first of four partial solar eclipses which will occur in 2011, the others taking place on June 1st, July 1st and November 25th. Collected here are photographs of yesterday's celestial event and observers here on Earth as they tried to catch a glimpse.



A seagull is silhouetted against the sun at dawn during a partial solar eclipse on Guadalmar beach in Malaga, Spain on January 4, 2011. The partial eclipse was visible near sunrise over most of Europe and northeastern Asia.

(REUTERS/Jon Nazca)



Tunisians observe the first partial solar eclipse of 2011 using a telescope on January 4, 2011 in Tunis, Tunisia.

(FETHI BELAID/AFP/Getty Images)



A combination of photographs shows the partial solar eclipse above Vienna, Austria on January 4, 2011.

(REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader)



A view of a partial solar eclipse in Amman, Jordan on January 4, 2011.

(REUTERS/Ali Jarekji)



Venezuelan tourists watch a partial solar eclipse in front of the Giza Pyramids in Egypt on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011.

(AP Photo/Amr Nabil)



A woman uses eye protection to look at a partial solar eclipse in the sky on January 4, 2011 in the town of Givatayim, Israel.

(Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)



Lubna, a nine-year-old handicapped girl, lies buried in sand up to her chest during a partial solar eclipse at Karachi's Clifton beach in Pakistan on January 4, 2011. Children with disabilities were buried chest-deep during the partial solar eclipse on Tuesday, as part of a traditional superstition that it would bring healing to their bodies.

(REUTERS/Athar Hussain)



Pakistani families bury their children during the partial solar eclipse in Hyderabad, Pakistan on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011.

(AP Photo/Pervez Masih)



A boy uses eye protection to look at a partial solar eclipse in the sky on January 4, 2011 in the town of Givatayim, Israel.

(Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)



A bird flies during a partial solar eclipse over the city of Warsaw, Poland on January 4, 2011.

(REUTERS/Kacper Pempel)



An image of the eclipse caught by photographer Wiphu Rujopakarn in Moscow, Russia. In his words: "The eclipse caught me completely off-guard as I gazed up at the first sunshine in Moscow in two weeks. I happened to be wandering in Red Square so I snapped a picture of the eclipse alongside the crazy historical architecture of Saint Basil's Cathedral".

Wiphu Rujopakarn)



A fisherman is silhouetted against the sun at dawn during a partial solar eclipse near Guadalmar beach in Malaga, Spain on January 4, 2011.

(REUTERS/Jon Nazca)



An image of the January 4th partial eclipse seen by the SWAP telescope aboard PROBA2, an ESA micro-satellite launched back in November of 2009.

(ESA / PROBA2 Team)



An employee of the Stefanik Observatory in Prague uses a projection shield to show the partial solar eclipse visible in the Czech capital during the morning on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011. The partial Sun eclipse started over the Czech Republic at about 08:00 CET and it will last until 10:50. In the culminating phase, up to 80 percent of the solar disc was obscured by the silhouette of the Moon passing between it and the Earth.

(AP / Michal Kamaryt)



A Jordanian man uses his hand to show a reflected image of the partial solar eclipse, in Amman, Jordan, on Tuesday Jan. 4, 2011.

(AP / Nader Daoud)



A Jordanian man watches through a telescope the partial solar eclipse, in Amman, Jordan, on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011.

(AP / Nader Daoud)



Israelis watch at a partial solar eclipse in the town of Givatayim near Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011.

(AP / Ariel Schalit)



A view of a partial solar eclipse as seen from the town of Givatayim near Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011.

(AP / Ariel Schalit)



A Lebanese worker, watches through X-ray the partial solar eclipse, at the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon, on Tuesday Jan. 4, 2011.

(AP / Mohammed Zaatari)



A child uses a telescope, set by the Greek Astronomy Club to watch a partial solar eclipse outside outside the entrance of the Evgenidis Foundation's Digital Planetarium, in Athens,on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011.

(AP / Petros Giannakouris)



Children wear special glasses as they watch the first partial solar eclipse of 2011 on January 4, 2011 in Tunis.

(AFP/ Getty Images / Fethi Belaid)



Kashmiri boatmen watch partial solar eclipse through a black film, at the Dal lake in Srinagar, India, Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011. People in parts of north India viewed a partial eclipse Tuesday as the moon crossed the sun's path.

(AP / Mukhtar Khan)



A view of partial solar eclipse, seen through a black film in Srinagar, India, Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011.

(AP / Mukhtar Khan)



Indians watch partial solar eclipse through an X-ray film on the banks of the Tawi River in Jammu, India, Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011.

(AP / Channi Anand)






Salman Madhi, a 23-year-old Bahraini, watches a partial solar eclipse Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, near the tower of the Bahrain International Circuit, in Sakhir, Bahrain, where the 2011 Formula One car racing season kicks off March 11-13.

(AP / Hasan Jamali)



Saudi women wear special tinted glasses to watch a partial solar eclipse in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah on January 4, 2011.

(AFP/ Getty Images / Amer Hilabi)



People are silhouetted against light pollution in the sky before daylight beside telescopes setup up to view the partial solar eclipse from Parliament Hill on Hampstead Heath in London, Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011. Cloudy skies hung over London on Tuesday morning, preventing a view from Parliament Hill of the partial solar eclipse.

(AP / Matt Dunham)



A partial solar eclipse is seen through clouds over Stockholm, Sweden, on Tuesday,Jan. 4, 2011.

(ScanPix Sweden / Anders Wiklund)



The Chairman of Stockholm Amateur Astronomers Nils Erik Nilsson observes a partial solar eclipse in Stockholm on January 4, 2011.

(AFP/ Getty Images / Leif R Jansson)



A partial solar eclipse is seen through clouds beside the Hogalid church in Stockholm on January 4, 2011.

(AFP/ Getty Images / Frederik Sandberg)



A partial solar eclipse is seen through clouds and snow flurries near Sarajevo, Bosnia , on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011.

(AP / Amel Emric)



This year's first partial solar eclipse is seen through clouds over the Bakony Mountain in Marko, some 132 kms southwest of Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011.

(AP / Lajos Nagy)



A partial solar eclipse is pictured though the clouds framed by statues on the Vatican's colonnade, at the Vatican, Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011.

(AP / Riccardo De Luca)



A partial solar eclipse is seen through clouds and snow flurries on Vodno Mountain near Skopje, Macedonia, on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011.

(AP / Boris Grdanoski)



A young woman observes a partial solar eclipse in Prague, Czech Republic, Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011.

(AP / Petr David Josek)






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