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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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A pair of binoculars are used to project an image during the viewing of an annular solar eclipse from the Redfield Campus of the University of Nevada Reno, on May 20, 2012 in Reno, Nevada. The eclipse reached 96% totality. UPI/Terry Schmitt
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