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“A Rare Solar Eclipse”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
difficult solar eclipses man 02:15

Pre-Listening Exercise

What is the difference between an annular and total solar eclipse? When will the next eclipse of each type occur? What are the best ways to view a solar eclipse? Use different types of search resources to find this information.


“eleventh hour” = at the last possible moment
The professor arrived at the eleventh hour with the protective glasses to view the solar eclipse.”

“all eyes are on something” = everyone is watching something
All eyes were on the night sky in anticipation of the meteor shower.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Post-Listening Exercise

Using search engines again, find out when the next solar eclipse (annular, partial, or total will occur in your area. How often do they occur around the world and how can you observe them safely? Anciently, how did people respond to this natural wonder?

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