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The eclipse was seen by millions of viewers from China and Japan to the Western USA as the earth's rotation positioned the Far East and USA under the moon's shadow. The two hour long even reached maximum coverage, or annularity, for approximately four minutes as the sun was blocked by the moon at 6:34 PM local time.
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Following an orbital path from China and Japan through wester Texas, the moon passes in front of the sun creating an annular eclipse in the skies over Monument Valley National Park, Arizona on May 20, 2012. This timelapse, composite image shows the many phases of the event as the sun descended beyond the buttes in the mid-western sky. .UPI/Joe Marino-Bill Cantrell
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