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Total solar eclipse Novosibirsk, Russia, on 1st August 2008. Total solar eclipses occur when the Moon passes directly in front of the Sun. They usually occur less than once a year, and can only be seen from a small area of the Earth's surface. Totality (centre) lasted for over 2 minutes at around 17:45 local time.
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