Solar Eclipse 2009

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On Wednesday, July 22, a total solar eclipse will take place and it will be visible to 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. This will be the longest total solar eclipse in the 21st century. But the total solar eclipse will only be seen in the following places: Surat, Vadodara, Bhopal, Varanasi, Patna, Dinajpur, Chengdu, Nanchong, Chongqing, Yichang, Jingzhou, Wuhan, Huanggang, Hefei, Hangzhou, Wuxi, Huzhou, Suzhou, Jiaxing, Ningbo and Shanghai, as well as over the Three Gorges Dam. Most of South East Asia will experience partial eclipse. The Solar Eclipse 2009 has gave tourism in the areas where it will be visible a big spark.

I haven't seen or experienced a total solar eclipse but my husband told me that he had his first total solar eclipse on March 18, 1988. The place where he grew up, General Santos City, Philippines, happened to be where the center of the total solar fell in 1988. He was 16 years old when it happened. The duration of that total solar eclipse was 3 minutes and 46 seconds of total darkness. It happened in 9 A.M. of March 18, 1988. It was weird according to him but he felt so lucky to have seen it in his life time. It will happen again at the same place and at the same time (and same length) on March 18, 2053. Here is a link to a complete account of that solar eclipse, complete with many pictures.

2 comments:

Bradpetehoops July 21, 2009 at 4:46 AM  

I saw it too, but in Luzon is 95% of darkness. Another weird experienced I saw the Mount Pinatubo explosion in June 15, 1991 the 2nd explosion accompanied by a typhoon or hurricane. It is total darkness rain of stone wash and sand. Plus red lightning and loud thunder. 48 hours of darkness the longest night in my life. When you are in Manila you saw Central Luzon in thick dark. And lots of dust that cause climate change in Europe and other parts of the world. Have a nice day.

pregnancy July 22, 2009 at 1:18 AM  

It was beautiful eclipse, just saw it on the website when it turn the would like a night time... I was missing out that time cause I was in BKK, Thailand and it was raining heavy this morning.

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