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Rare solar eclipse view marred by cloud cover in capital

Nasik Swami
Thursday, November 15, 2012

THE most anticipated and rare total solar eclipse occurred yesterday.

However, Fiji only witnessed the partial transit of the total solar eclipse.

University of the South Pacific Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment technician Neil Singh said this was because of an intense cloud cover.

"People in the Western Division could have witnessed this epic event," he said. The eclipse started at 8.56 am and ended at 11.56 am with the greatest eclipse totality lasting just about four minutes.

Mr Singh said the significance of such eclipse was it gave scientists the opportunity to calculate distances between the sun, moon and earth.

Solar eclipses occur when the moon lines up with the sun, blotting the solar disk from a viewer's perspective on earth.