July 22, Solar Eclipse

Posted July 19, 2009 by User 1

The upcoming total solar eclipse on July 22, 2009 will be the longest of the century with totality lasting up to 6:39 in the center of the track. Because of its strategic path, it will also likely be the one to be seen by the most people.

The partial eclipse will begin at around 00:00 UT and will become a total eclipse with totality beginning at sunrise 30 minutes later on the west coast of India just north of Mumbai. From there, the lunar shadow heads east through the city of Bhopal and Jabalpur (0:55 UT) before heading into Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar after which it crosses into China (01:05 UT). In China, the eclipse will pass through Chengdu (01:10 UT), Chongqing (01:15 UT), Wuhan (01:27 UT) before finally reaching Hangzhou (01:37 UT) and Shanghai (01:40 UT) at which point the path of totality moves offshore into the Pacific. From there, the eclipse moves east to Japan and greatest eclipse, 6 minutes and 39 seconds, just east of Iwo Jima (02:30 UT), the infamous island from World War II. Continuing east, time of totality rapidly shrinks as the shadow moves east through the western and southern islands of the Marshall Islands covering Enewetak Atoll (03:20 UT), Ujae Atoll (03:40 UT) and Jaluit (03:50 UT) ending off near the Phoenix Islands rushing over Nikumaroro Island, otherwise known as Gardner Island (04:10 UT), at sunset where the track ends.

This eclipse is part of Saros 136. A partial eclipse may be seen as far north as southern Siberia and as far south as northern Indonesia, New Guinea and just north of the tip of northern New Zealand. More information can be found on the official NASA eclipse page: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEmono/TSE2009/TSE2009.html

UPDATE: For a streaming webcast, see: http://www.live-eclipse.org/


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