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Total Eclipse Tuesday, 24 August, 1999, 11:53 GMT 12:53 UK
Total eclipse. Total coverage
Eclipse
Eclipse over Cornwall - 11.11 BST
Special report
Special report
11 August
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The 1999 total eclipse of the Sun proved to be a spectacular event.

On this page you can look at the video and photographs of the solar phenomenon taken by cameras stationed all over the world. See how the news was covered and read what you told us about your experiences of the eclipse.


Click here to download our eclipse wallpaper

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Earth wonders at heaven's gift
The millennium's final total eclipse of the Sun prompts prayers, cheers and tears from millions of amazed spectators across Europe and Asia.

European watchers faced eclipse lottery
As the shadow of the eclipse raced across Europe, poor weather meant many watchers were denied a clear view of the once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Eclipse seekers flock to Iranian town
From Egypt to Iran, Muslim clerics called the faithful to mass prayers as the eclipse sped across the Middle East.
Asian fear and wonder at eclipse
Thousands of people in India carried out sacred rituals as the eclipse passed over South Asia, while others ignored tradition to witness a unique wonder of nature.
Under the Moon's shadow
BBC correspondents around the globe report on their experiences of the eclipse.
Eclipse experience starts flood of e-mail
The majestic spectacle of the total solar eclipse is thrilling millions and has prompted a torrent of e-mails to BBC News Online.
Eclipse shadow unveils scientific mysteries
The drama is over and the Moon has passed over the Sun, but for scientists the work is just beginning.


UK touched by history
An eerie silence descends on south-west England as the total eclipse throws thousands of people into darkness for two minutes.
From total eclipse to traffic mayhem
Thousands of enthusiasts who flocked to Cornwall to see the eclipse were faced with the less thrilling sight of a 70-kilometre traffic jam as they returned home.
First reports of eclipse eye damage
Helplines at two specialist eye centres are already beginning to take calls from people who fear they have damaged their sight by looking at the Sun.
Pagan weddings eclipse hearts
Pagan couples marry at the moment of total eclipse in a ceremony celebrating the union of the sun god and moon goddess.
Eclipse sparks record power surge
The National Grid experienced huge demand after the eclipse - greater even than after England's 1990 World Cup exit
Wildlife fooled by double dawn
The eclipse persuaded many birds and animals that night had come - but not all.
Eclipse across the Web
A guide to some of the best eclipse sites on the Net.



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The moment of totality over Cornwall.

A sound picture of the eclipse as it crosses the globe.

Nicholas Witchell: The story of the day

Jane O'Brien: A moment of magic

Nick Bryant: Nature seldom offers such a brilliant spectacle.

Emma Simpson presents the best images from around the world.

Watch first contact, as the Moon moves in front of the Sun.

How the RAF filmed the eclipse from above the clouds.

German commentary on the eclipse.

Jeremy Cooke reports from Romania, which enjoyed the longest period of totality.

Sanjeev Srivastava in India: an eerie silence

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