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A solar eclipse that occurs on average only once every 73 years may be perfectly witnessed only by penguins in Antarctica, while watchers in Australia will see the sun as a “super-fat banana”. The event, which can be witnessed in Perth, Australia from 0500 GMT on April 29, is an annular eclipse – meaning that the moon is too far away to completely block out the sun, instead creating a perfect “ring of fire”. Such eclipses are relatively common, with about four every five years, and the last one occurred in May last year. What makes this eclipse – the first of 2014 – unusual is that it is non-central, meaning that the center of the Moon’s shadow will not fall on Earth, instead passing above the Southern Hemisphere sky. Of 3,956 annular eclipses calculated to have happened or scheduled to happen between 2,000 BC and 3,000 AD only 68, or 1.7 percent, are non-central annular eclipses. This is only the third such event since the 17th century. More