PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE

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STORY: PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE DATELINE: Jan. 5, 2011 LENGTH: 0:01:07 LOCATION: Amman, Cairo INTRO: The first partial solar eclipse of 2011 covered Europe, North Africa, central Asia and the Arab region Tuesday. And, Lifestyles visited two of the best spots in the world to witness it. ***PKG*** A solar eclipse happens when the moon lines up between the sun and the Earth, casting a lunar shadow on the Earth's surface. In Egypt, one of the best places to witness the rare phenomenon was at American University's Science Garden in Cairo. The view was incredible and university professors explanations added to the moment. SOUNDBITE (ARABIC) DR. ALAA IBRAHIM, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR: "The phenomenon is important because it offers an opportunity to study and learn about the Sun and the solar group. It also offers an opportunity to spread the science out and simplify it for the society in a way that is both exciting and active. Students from different schools and colleges came to get Powered by www.newslook.com Producer : Xinhua News Agency

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