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What's an annular eclipse?

POSTED: 01:32 PM PDT May 20, 2012    UPDATED: 02:16 PM PDT May 20, 2012 

You may be ready to see Sunday's annular eclipse, but do you know how it's different from any other eclipse? Learn more about this rare event.

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When is the next solar eclipse?

NASA said the next total solar eclipse will be visible within a narrow corridor that traverses Earth's southern hemisphere on Nov. 12-13. A partial eclipse of this event can be viewed from a partial eclipse visible from Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. According to NASA, The last total solar eclipse in North America was seen July 11, 2010.

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