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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Siberian Solar Eclipse

MOSCOW -- Russian scientists and tourists are making preparations to observe a solar eclipse that will occur March 9 in most of Siberia and the Russian Far East, a news agency reported Friday.

The total eclipse will be the first in northern Asia since 1981, Itar-Tass said.

Russia's Academy of Sciences has an observatory in the Sayan mountains in southeastern Siberia.

Tourists have already started booking the few available hotels in the Siberian cities of Chita, Ulan-Ude and Irkutsk, Itar-Tass reported.

Solar eclipses occur when the sun, moon and Earth line up with the moon in the middle. In a total eclipse, the moon blocks out the sun completely.