Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Witnessed the longest solar eclipse of the Century

For the 1st time in my lifetime, I have witnessed something so beautiful, so natural. I am actually lucky that I was able to witness such a thing in my life. This blog post especially for those who actually missed the chance to view the eclipse that took place today and lasted for more than 6 minutes, the longest solar eclipse ever.

The live picture that was taken from NASA today early in the morning on 22nd July, 2009.

The 22nd July solar eclipse has caused the tourist interest all over the world starting from India to China. It began in India and from there moon's shadow started turning over across the eastern Asia. The track of the eclipse crossed in the early morning in China where people experienced it for around 6 minutes. From there the track gradually started moving towards the pacific ocean.

The longest eclipse was of 195 miles that is east of Iwo Jima where people witnessed the eclipse for 6.39 minutes.

Solar Eclipse, 2009 as seen from Shanghai

This eclipse was second in the series of three eclipses in a month, the 1st one that happened on july 7 which was a luner eclipse and the other one which is yet to come is on August 6 (also a luner eclipse)

It was visible totally in the cities of India including Surat, Varanasi, Vadodara, Bhopal, Patna, Siliguri, Guwahati and few cities of China including Wuhan, Wuxi, Huzhou, Suzhou, Jiaxing etc. As per the reports came early this morning Taregana in Patna (India) was the best place where this eclipse was witnessed.

As seen from Taregana in India at 6:38 am

The next same solar eclipse will be viewed in the year June 13, 2132.

Do not miss to watch the live video which was taken from NASA this morning :

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