The view of a partial solar eclipse in the sky on January 4, 2011 in the town of Givatayim, Israel. Over parts of Europe it could be seen as much as two-thirds of the sun slipped from view behind the moon. An event like this hasn't occurred in the area since August 1999, and the next eclipse won't be until March 2015.
A man watches a partial solar eclipse through a filter in Galyateto, some 100 km (62 miles) east of Budapest, January 4, 2011
Two men sit on a bridge to watch an annular solar eclipse in Zhengzhou, Henan province, January 15, 2010. The longest, ring-like solar eclipse of the millennium started on Friday, with astronomers saying the Maldives was the best place to view the phenomenon that will not happen again for over 1,000 years
A total solar eclipse is seen on March 29, 2006 above Athens, Greece. In an annular or total eclipse, the Moon moves between the Sun and Earth and completely blocking the sun.
The solar eclipse is seen over the Tamsui River, northern Taiwan, January 15, 2010. The annular eclipse of the sun, which will last for over 11 minutes during its maximum duration, will be visible from a 300-km wide track that passes half of the earth, according to NASA.
An aircraft flies past a solar eclipse in Bangkok January 15, 2010. The annular eclipse of the sun, which will last for over 11 minutes during its maximum duration, will be visible from a 300-km wide track that passes half of the earth, according to NASA.
The moon begins to obstruct the view of the sun from earth during a soloar eclipse at the Tian'anmen Square on January 15, 2010 in Shenyang, Liaoning Province of China. The eclipse, which first became visible in Tamil Nadu city of Kanyakumari, is predicted to be the longest of its kind for the next 1000 years
In this handout image provided by National Astronomical Observatory of Japan and transmitted with the help of NICT and JAXA, the solar eclipse is seen on July 22, 2009 in Iwojima Island, Tokyo, Japan. The longest total eclipse of the sun of this century triggered tourist fever in Asia as astronomy enthusiasts from home and abroad flocked to watch the event The eclipse was visible from within a narrow corridor that begins in India and crosses through Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and China.
At sunrise in some parts of China and by sunset in the western United States, a partial solar eclipse is set to slink across the Earth on May 20 and 21