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the longest solar eclipse of the 21st century – 22 July 2009

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Solar Eclipse 22 July 2009This Wednesday, the majority of mankind is for quite a show – the longest solar eclipse of the 21st century. As the NASA graphic at right (click to enlarge) makes clear, the path of the eclipse traverses half the globe, covering all of India and Indonesia and most of China, not to mention the rest of Eastern Asia and Japan. NASA has made a cool interactive map available using Google Maps to help you track the path for the total eclipse, though the boundaries of the partial eclipse are much, much wider. The path for totality however is notable in that it passes near major asian metropolises like Mumbai and Shanghai.

This eclipse is generating a lot of attention. There are plans to broadcast the eclipse in real-time on the Internet, via a team from the University of Madrid. It has some people predicting earthquakes and tsunamis off the coast of Japan (the theory being that tidal pull will exacerbate tectonic plates or something). And the tiny village of Taregana in the dirt-poor Indian province of Bihar is enjoying a massive boon in tourism and infrastructure spending, because of its ostensibly ideal vantage point for viewing the totality. Of course, Chinese scientists beg to differ, claiming China is the place to be. Interestingly, the best spot to catch totality might well be Iwo Jima, since the maximum duration (6 minutes) occurs closer to there than in mainland Asia.

There won’t be an eclipse like this for another 12 decades. That fact alone should inspire some awe – especially given that the sweep of centuries are like the second hand of the cosmic clock.

For detailed information on eclipse path, visibility, and timings, see NASA’s factsheet. Wikipedia has a nice summary of information about the eclipse as well. Finally, my Beliefnet colleague Lynn Hayes offers an astrological reading of the eclipse.

All eclipse predictions by Fred Espenak, NASA’s GSFC [cite].



  • Your Name

    u have given a nice information regarding the eclipse which is surely helpful for people. i hope u will display the live telecast of the eclipse. u can give more info about the eclipse to make ur site interesting.

  • Chutiyaa

    Bhosdike gai deta hai Taregana ko…. madarchod

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/astrologicalmusings Lynn Hayes

    Thanks for the link Aziz!

  • Jose guzman

    What about the unitedstates.

  • Jose guzman

    I nead to know if we are goin to get it to.
    Unitedstates of America.

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    It is so amazing that we can now determine the path of a solar eclipse! Unfortunately, Solar Hot Water Systems won’t work during an eclipse!

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    Without a doubt, the safest place to be when watching an eclipse is in your own home theater with a Sanyo LCD projector.

  • Priscilla the Projector Chick

    Whoops! I meant to include this link!

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