July 21, 2009 – July 22, 2009 — Total Solar Eclipse
Millions of people in India, China, and other parts of Asia witness a total solar eclipse on July 22, 2009. Cities such as Surat, in India, as well as Chengdu, Shanghai, and Wuhan, in China, experience the eclipse’s totality. Visitors at the Taj Mahal, which is listed as one of the modern world’s seven wonders, witness this eclipse.
This is the longest total solar eclipse in the 21st century, and will not be surpassed in duration until June 13, 2132. The moon's umbra travels along a track that is about 15,150km (about 9414 miles) long and covers 0.71 percent of the Earth’s surface area over a course of three hours and 25 minutes. The eclipse’s maximum duration of totality is six minutes and 39 seconds.
Where the Eclipse Was Seen
Regions that saw at least a partial eclipse: South/East Asia, North in Australia, Pacific, Indian Ocean.
The eclipse's path
According to NASA, the path of the moon's umbral shadow begins in India and crosses through Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and China before curving south across the Pacific Ocean. A partial eclipse is seen within the much broader path of the moon's penumbral (partially shaded outer region) shadow, which includes most of eastern Asia, Indonesia, and the Pacific Ocean.
When the Eclipse Happened Worldwide
The eclipse started at one location and ended at another. The times below are actual times (in UTC) when the eclipse occurred.
|Event||UTC Time||Time in Washington DC*|
|First location to see partial eclipse begin||Jul 21 at 11:58 PM||Jul 21 at 7:58 PM|
|First location to see full Eclipse begin||Jul 22 at 12:51 AM||Jul 21 at 8:51 PM|
|Maximum Eclipse||Jul 22 at 2:34 AM||Jul 21 at 10:34 PM|
|Last location to see full Eclipse end||Jul 22 at 4:19 AM||Jul 22 at 12:19 AM|
|Last location to see partial Eclipse end||Jul 22 at 5:12 AM||Jul 22 at 1:12 AM|
* Local times shown do not refer to when the eclipse could be observed from Washington DC. Instead, they indicate the times when the eclipse began, was at its max, and ended, somewhere else on earth. The corresponding local times are useful if you wanted to view the eclipse via a live webcam.
Eclipses visible in Washington DC.
Eclipses in Your City
Eclipses during year 2009
- Jan 26, 2009 – Annular Solar Eclipse
- Feb 9, 2009 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Jul 7, 2009 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Jul 21 / Jul 22, 2009 – Total Solar Eclipse (this page)
- Aug 5 / Aug 6, 2009 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Dec 31 / Jan 1, 2010 — Partial Lunar Eclipse
Eclipses during year 2015
- Mar 20, 2015 – Total Solar Eclipse
- Apr 4, 2015 — Total Lunar Eclipse
- Sep 13, 2015 – Partial Solar Eclipse
- Sep 27 / Sep 28, 2015 — Total Lunar Eclipse
Eclipses during year 2016
- Mar 8 / Mar 9, 2016 – Total Solar Eclipse
- Mar 23, 2016 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Sep 1, 2016 – Annular Solar Eclipse
- Sep 16 / Sep 17, 2016 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse