Jul 21 – Jul 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.
What the eclipse would look like near the maximum point
The animation shows approximately what the eclipse looks like near the maximum point of the eclipse (weather permitting).
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Where to see the eclipse
Continents seeing at least a partial eclipse:
- South/East Asia
- North in Australia
- Indian Ocean
Total eclipse visible in:
Locations near the shadow's path:
- Surat, Gujarat, India
- Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
- Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
- Bhabua, Bihar, India
- Arrah, Bihar, India
- Patna, Bihar, India
- Hajipur, Bihar, India
- Samastipur, Bihar, India
- Supaul, Bihar, India
- Saharsa, Bihar, India
- Madhepura, Bihar, India
- Araria, Bihar, India
- Biratnagar, Nepal
- Phuntsholing, Bhutan
- Thimphu, Bhutan
- Nalbari, Assam, India
- Hefei, China
- Suzhou, China
- Shanghai, China
- Tarawa, Kiribati
Partial eclipse visible in:
- Pune, Maharashtra, India
- Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
- Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
- Karachi, Pakistan
- New Delhi, Delhi, India
- Kathmandu, Nepal
- Dhaka, Bangladesh
- Seoul, South Korea
- Kagoshima, Japan
- Tokyo, Japan
- Majuro, Marshall Islands
- Baker Island, U.S.A.
- Fakaofo, Tokelau, Tokelau
When the eclipse happens worldwideThe eclipse starts at one location and ends at another. The times below are actual times (in UTC) when the eclipse occurs.
|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 can be observed from Washington DC. Instead, they indicate the times when the eclipse begins, is at its max, and ends, somewhere else on earth. The corresponding local times are useful if you want to view the eclipse via a live webcam.
Eclipses viewable in Washington DC.
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.
Eclipses in 2009
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