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Solar Eclipse Over Southeast Asia

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July 23rd, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Shadow cast by eclipse over Southeast Asia - July 22nd, 2009

Shadow cast by eclipse over Southeast Asia - July 22nd, 2009

Path of eclipse over Southeast Asia and Oceania (source: NASA)

Path of eclipse over Southeast Asia and Oceania

Total solar eclipse as seen from the district of Kurigram in Bangladesh - July 22nd, 2009 © Lutfar Rahman Nirjhar

Total solar eclipse seen from Bangladesh - July 22nd, 2009

The solar eclipse of July 22, 2009 cast a shadow over Southeast Asia, causing some of the clouds in this image to appear darker. Upon opening the full image, the northern and southern areas, including Russia, Indonesia and Australia, are bright and clear, while the middle part over the ocean above the Philippines is darkened.

This was the longest total solar eclipse so far during the 21st century, and will not be surpassed until June 2132. The maximum eclipse lasted a maximum of 6 minutes and 39 seconds,  ocurring off the coast of Southeast Asia at 02:35:21 UTC about 100 km south of the Bonin Islands, southeast of Japan.

The uninhabited North Iwo Jima island was the landmass with totality time closest to maximum, while the closest inhabited point was Akusekijima, where the eclipse lasted 6 minutes and 26 seconds.

This was the second in the series of three eclipses in a one-month period, being book-ended by two minor penumbral lunar eclipses, on July 7 and on August 6.

The eclipse was visible from a narrow corridor through northern Maldives, northern India, eastern Nepal, northern Bangladesh, Bhutan, northern Philippines, the northern tip of Myanmar, central China and the Pacific Ocean, including the Ryukyu Islands, Marshall Islands and Kiribati.

Totality was visible in many large cities, including Surat, Vadodara, Bhopal, Varanasi, Patna, Gaya, Dinajpur, Siliguri, Guwahati, Tawang in India and Chengdu, Nanchong, Chongqing, Yichang, Jingzhou, Wuhan, Huanggang, Hefei, Hangzhou, Wuxi, Huzhou, Suzhou, Jiaxing, Ningbo, Shanghai, as well as over the Three Gorges Dam in China.

A partial eclipse was 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.

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