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Total Solar Eclipse, July 22, 2009

3 Jul 2009, 07:28 UTC
Total Solar Eclipse, July 22, 2009
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On July 22nd, 2009, viewers in India and Southeast Asia will be treated to a total solar eclipse. With an incredibly long totality of 6 minutes and 39 seconds, this solar eclipse will be the longest solar eclipse until 2132! This eclipse will be visible starting in India, moving through Nepal, Bangladesh, China, and the southern end of Japan, finally ending in the South Pacific. To see a detailed map of the total eclipse's path, see the maps below.The eclipse's path through India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Bhutan.The eclipse's path through China.The eclipse's path through southern Japan.For more detailed maps, see NASA's page on the eclipse.SAFETY FIRST!Although you will want to look at this eclipse, DO NOT LOOK AT A SOLAR ECLIPSE without proper safety equipment. Doing so can cause permanent and irreversible eye damage and possibly blindness.In order to safely view this eclipse use a pinhole eclipse viewer. Here's how to make one for cheap.Eclipse Predictions by Fred Espenak, NASA's GSFCClear skies!

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