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  Total eclipse of sun in southern hemisphere
Updated 04 December 2002, 16.19
A solar eclipse
Millions of people have been lucky enough to see the only total solar eclipse of the sun in 2002.

Fact File
What's an eclipse?
Moon's orbit takes it between the Earth and the Sun
It blocks the sun's light and sinks part of Earth's surface into temporary darkness
The 'ring' effect of the sun's rays is called a corona
There was one in the northern hemisphere in 1999

In the southern part of the globe - the southern hemisphere - the moon passed over the sun, casting a dark shadow on the earth's surface.

People in places like Africa and Australia were able to see the phenomenon.

20,000 people turned up to the small farming town of Ceduna, south Australia - to see the rare and thrilling eclipse.

Dark as night


The town's on the edge of the great Southern Desert and went completely dark for 33 seconds.

Animals often get confused in an eclipse as day seems to turn to night.

You can't look directly at the sun while it's happening: the rays visible on the sun's outer edge are still powerful enough to blind you.

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