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On 21 June the first total solar eclipse of the new millennium took place. The Moon’s 6,900 km-wide (4,300 miles) penumbral shadow touched down on the South Atlantic off the coast of South America at 0933GMT. It then swept across the Earth from west to east. Those within this shadow saw a partial eclipse. At 1036GMT the 200km-wide (125 miles) umbral shadow appeared. Those in the path of this narrow shadow saw a total eclipse lasting up to 4 minutes and 56 seconds.

Eclipse information:
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