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The sun is seen partially blocked by the moon in Kaifeng, China, on Jan. 15, 2010. The eclipse is known as an annular eclipse because the moon doesn't block the sun completely. 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.

PHOTO: Alexander F. Yuan/AP

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