The partial eclipse of the sun could be observed by Romanians on Wednesday afternoon as up to approximately 80 percent of the moon's penumbral shadow on a clear sky.

This was the fourth eclipse of the century visible in Romania. It started at 12:44 when the moon covered the sun. The high point was recorded at 13:57.

The solar eclipse began in Brazil and was viewable in a narrow band across the Atlantic, northern Africa and central Asia, where it ended at sunset in western Mongolia.

The next total eclipse, on August 1, 2008, will be seen in northern Canada, Greenland, Siberia, Mongolia and northern China.