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Eclipse of the Sun on May 31, 2003
News story originally written on June 6, 2003
An eclipse of the Sun could be seen from a small area on Earth on May 31, 2003. People in Scotland, Iceland, and Greenland had a chance to see the eclipse.
An eclipse of the Sun happens when the Moon moves between the Sun and the Earth. If you were in the right place to see an eclipse, you would see the Sun hide behind the Moon. This eclipse was a strange kind of eclipse. Sometimes the Moon looks a little smaller than usual because it is further away. That happened during this eclipse. The Moon didn't quite cover up the Sun the whole way.
Did you miss this eclipse? If so, there is another one later this year. But you may have to be a penguin to see it! The next eclipse of the Sun will be in November. The only place to see it will be in Antarctica!
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