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Solar Eclipse Begins in Indonesia - 2002-06-11

Cloudy skies in Indonesia have made it difficult for residents in some areas to view the partial solar eclipse that began at sunrise in the remote northeastern tropics Tuesday.

Astronomy officials in Taiwan expect the eclipse to last for more than two hours there.

A partial solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly in front of the Sun, but does not completely cover it, resulting in what appears to be a ring of fire.

The solar eclipse will also be on display on the other side of the international dateline as the sun sets in the western United States, Mexico and Canada.

The Associated Press says the moon will cover as much as 94 percent of the Sun in parts of the United States and Mexico.