Total Eclipse of the Sun

FYI  …

On July 22, 2009, a total eclipse of the Sun is visible from within a narrow corridor that traverses half of Earth.  This has a magnitude of 1.080 that will be visible from a narrow corridor through northern India, eastern Nepal, northern Bangladesh, Bhutan, the northern tip of Myanmar, central China and the Pacific Ocean, including the Ryukyu Islands, Marshall Islands and Kiribati. Totality will be visible in many cities such as Surat, Varanasi, Patna, Thimphu, Chengdu, Chongqing, Wuhan, Hangzhou and Shanghai, as well as over the Three Gorges Dam. A partial eclipse will be seen from the much broader path of the Moon’s penumbra, including most of South East Asia and north-eastern Oceania.

It will last for up to 6 minutes and 39 seconds, with the maximum eclipse occurring in the ocean at 02:35:21 UTC about 100 km south of the Bonin Islands, southeast of Japan. The North Iwo Jima island is the landmass with totality time closest to maximum.  It was said that it the longest total solar eclipse that will occur in the twenty-first century.

The animation shown in the diagram to the right illustrates the motion of the   shadow of the Moon at five minute intervals. This animation runs in a continuous loop.








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