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We Have an Eclipse!

Posted by feww on July 22, 2009

The Longest Eclipse of 21st Century

Totality or total  solar eclipse occurs when the moon, passing between Earth and sun, totally hides the latter. [See also occultation and Syzygy]

The solar eclipse is seen in Yinchuan, capital of north-west China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, at 08:33 local time today. Photo: AP. Image may be subject to copyright.

Eclipse Shadows Southeastern China [NASA Earth Observatory]

Images provided by WebGMS–MTSAT/GMS (HIMAWARI) Website, Institute of Industrial Science & Earthquake Research Institute, University of Tokyo, Japan.

The eclipse  was visible only in Asia reaching totality in India about 06:20 local time, moving on to north and east to Nepal, Burma, Bangladesh, Bhutan and China.

To see a longer eclipse you’ll have to wait for about 123 years!

Source: NASA Eclipse Page. See also special web page on the Total Solar Eclipse of 2009 Jul 22

Total Solar Eclipse Paths: 1001-2000. Image composed of 50 seperate NASA images.

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