Eclipse offers rare view of comet
March 9, 1997
Web posted at: 1:12 p.m. EST (1812 GMT)
MOHE, China (CNN) -- Tens of thousands of people in northern
China and eastern Siberia got a rare treat Sunday morning --
a total eclipse of the sun, darkening the skies for a view of
the bright Hale-Bopp comet.
Chinese television broadcast the show live, and in Mohe,
officials barred residents from lighting stoves to keep the
air smoke-free for viewing. But in Mongolia, a snowstorm
blocked the view.
It was third reported time in the past 1,000 years a total
eclipse has accompanied a close pass by a comet, scientists
said. The previous occurrences were in Egypt
in 1882 and in Brazil in 1947.
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