Partial solar eclipse over Europe-4th of January 2011

Europe was given a front-row seat to the first solar eclipse of 2011 but not for everyone. In many places a thick curtain of cloud marred the spectacle in the skies.
A partial solar eclipse began today, the 4th of January 2011 over the Mideast and extend across much of Europe. The partial eclipse was visible after sunrise over most of Europe, Central Asia, Middle East and northern Africa.

To have in focus both the Moon and the Sun at the same time is the dream of every photographer. Those lucky photographer with a clear sky, now see their dreams fulfilled.
Partial solar eclipse in northern France-4 Jan 2011
Philippe Huguen / AFP - Getty Images
Partial solar eclipse on Guadalmar beach in Malaga-2011. Jan. 4
Jon Nazca / Reuters
Partial solar eclipse as seen from Gaza city 2011.Jan.4
Hatem Moussa / AP
The solar occurrence began at 09:05 in the morning and was at its height over my country, Romania, at 10:35, when as much as three quarters (78%) of the sun disappeared from view behind the moon. At 12:07 noon, everything was back to normal.
We had a dark, cloudy sky and lost all the show but in other parts of the country all the people was admiring the rare spectacle. This is how the solar eclipse was seen over Romania:
Partial solar eclipse as seen from Romania-2011.Jan.4
The year 2011 has a total of 4 partial solar eclipses and two moon eclipses but the closest visible one will occur at the 13 November 2012, when New Zeeland, Australia, South America and the South Pacific will have the opportunity to witness such a fascinating event.
That's my world.


Kay L. Davies said...

Wonderful picture of the sun, moon and bird. A once-in-a-lifetime photo. A fabulous contribution from your world. Thank you for sharing it with us.
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Alexa said...

Wow! Great shots. Happened here in NYC at 3 or 4 in the morning and I slept through the alarm!

Gwendolyn L said...

Very nice photos! You surely did capture a beautiful eclipse. Thanks for sharing.

Mommy2Four said...

Amazing photos! :)

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