DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Partial solar eclipse, seen through clouds. Solar eclipses occur when the Moon (dark area on left edge of Sun) passes across the Sun as seen from the Earth. The Moon's shadow consists of a dark central umbra surrounded by the lighter penumbra. A total eclipse is seen from an area on Earth that falls within the umbra. A partial eclipse is seen from within the penumbra region. Photographed on 1 August 2008, in Duisburg, Germany.
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