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For Release: June 20, 2001

Lori J. Rachul
Media Relations Office

NASA Provides View of First Total Solar Eclipse of the New Millennium

Few people ever get the opportunity to see a total eclipse of the Sun occurring simultaneously when the solstice occurs. It happens about once every 400 years and only lasts 1 to 2 minutes. Tomorrow, June 21st, happens to be one of those rare opportunities.

However, while the first total eclipse of the new millennium will not be visible from the United States, it will be made available live, from the Southern African nation of Zambia, to the rest of the world through NASA Television.

Students have been invited to view the event on the large screen TV in the auditorium at NASA Glenn Research Center's Visitor Center. The general public may also attend this event. NASA TV will carry eclipse events from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. EDT. For this special event, the Visitor Center will open its doors to the public at 8 a.m.

In addition, viewing will be made available to Internet users who have a high-speed connection by visiting the World Wide Web at:

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Note to News Directors: NASA TV can be found on GE-2, Transponder 9C, at 85 degrees West longitude, vertical polarization, with a frequency of 3880 MHz; and audio of 6.8 MHz.


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