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Wednesday, 4 December, 2002, 10:05 GMT
In Pictures: Southern eclipse
The only total eclipse of the Sun in 2002 began early on Wednesday, 4 December, off the Atlantic coast off Africa. It travelled across the south of the continent and then the ocean to southern Australia.

Traditional dancers danced the night away in Venda, South Africa
Thousands gathered to witness the eclipse, and excitement was high the night before

Japanese scientists set up telescopes at Ceduna, southern Australia
People travelled long distances to be in the path of the eclipse

German tourists camp out in their car ahead of viewing the eclipse in southern Australia
Tourists joined the scientists and other sightseers

German tourists set up auto-tracking telescope in desert near Purple Downs, Australia
Some tourists came better prepared

Road sign warning motorists of impending eclipse in Australia
In some places, all possible precautions were taken to warn those who might be caught up

Solar eclipse seen from Kruger National Park, South Africa
People waited patiently to see one of the world's greatest natural phenomena

Never look at the Sun without protection and always supervise children.

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