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Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Solar eclipse of July 22, 2009

The solar eclipse that will take place on Wednesday, July 22, 2009 will be a total eclipse of the Sun. It will be the longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century, lasting at most 6 minutes, 39 seconds. It has sparked tourist interest in eastern China and India.

The eclipse is part of saros series 136, like the record setting Solar eclipse of July 11, 1991. The next event from this series will be on August 2, 2027. The exceptional duration is a result of the moon being near perigee, with the diameter of the moon 8% larger than the sun (magnitude 1.080). This is second in the series of three eclipses in a month. There was a lunar eclipse on July 7 and now a solar eclipse on July 22 and then a lunar eclipse on August 6.

It will be visible from a narrow corridor through northern Maldives, 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 large cities, including Surat, Vadodara, Bhopal, Varanasi, Patna, Dinajpur, Guwahati, Chengdu, Nanchong, Chongqing, Yichang, Jingzhou, Wuhan, Huanggang, Hefei, Hangzhou, Wuxi, Huzhou, Suzhou, Jiaxing, Ningbo and Shanghai, as well as over the Three Gorges Dam.

According to some experts, Taregana in Bihar is the "best" place to view the event.A partial eclipse will be seen from the much broader path of the Moon's penumbra, including most of Southeast Asia (all of India and China) and north-eastern Oceania.

This solar eclipse is the longest total solar eclipse that will occur in the twenty-first century, and will not be surpassed in duration until June 13, 2132. Totality 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 uninhabited North Iwo Jima island is the landmass with totality time closest to maximum, while the closest inhabited point is Akusekijima, where the eclipse will last 6 minutes and 25 seconds.

(Source : Wikipedia)

** So, don't miss it! It will be a lifetime experience to see it!


Kamsiah said...

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Eric Lim said...

The Sun took a Special Rest & Your Plan B Scenario

The Sun took a special rest on 22nd July 2009. The total sun eclipse was the longest duration during the 21st century, not to be surpassed until June 2132. It lasted a maximum of 6 minutes and 39 seconds off the coast of Southeast Asia, causing tourist interest in eastern China, India and Nepal.

This is an excellent occasion for us to reflect on the importance of getting better understanding and appreciation of the role of the Sun in our life --- it is the ultimate source of all energies available on Mother Earth. For example, petroleum and natural gas are just fossilized sun-light. All foods are stored sun-light. All hydro-electric dams are driven by rain-falls caused by sun-light. So are solar power panels, solar heaters etc. In fact, everything on Mother Earth is powered by the Sun or its kinds.

SOHO (Solar Heliospheric Observatory) (http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov ) is similarly a good source to refer to.

Incidentally, you should also get to know more about the other two SOHO elements mentioned in the SOHO Technology 3.0: (http://sohotech3.blogspot.com ) Small-Office-Home-Office and Self-Organizing Holarchi Open system, because this could be your Plan B (Business-As-Usual is Plan A) scenario for better Home / Work / Life balance, in anticipation of the forthcoming convergence of crisis of Food / Fuel / Finance etc., as illustrated in the e-document entitled “Sun, Sustainability and Salutogenesis” available free here http://tinyurl.com/7y6oga
on line.

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