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Solar eclipse evokes superstitions
Sky watchers across the globe witness Moon taking a large bite out of the Sun.
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2011 15:21 GMT

The first partial solar eclipse of 2011 has wowed professional and amateur astronomers across the globe.

Since ancient times, eclipses have been viewed by many as ominous events linked to the end of the world.

Francisco Diego, of the University of London Observatory, spoke to Al Jazeera about the science, and superstitions, behind the event.

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