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07-21-2009, 08:45 PM #1
Solar eclipse excitement sweeps Asia
CNN) -- Skywatchers are gathering from parking lots in western India to music festivals on remote Japanese islands to witness what NASA describes as an "exceptionally long" total solar eclipse that will cross half the planet on Wednesday.
The eclipse is expected to reach its peak over India at around 12:40 a.m. GMT Wednesday (8:40 p.m. ET Tuesday).
Though the duration of greatest eclipse will occur over the Pacific Ocean at six minutes, 39 seconds, people in some areas of China and Japan will experience up to more than six minutes of darkness, according to predictions by Fred Espenak of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and J. Anderson of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.
The 15,150-kilometer (9,415-mile) journey of the moon's shadow across the Earth will last nearly three-and-a-half hours and be "one of the longest eclipses, if not the longest eclipse, in this century," Binzel said.
I sure would LOVE to see this!!
http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapc...pse/index.html"I am confident that, in the end, common sense and justice will prevail. I'm an optimist, brought up on the belief that if you wait to the end of the story, you get to see the good people live happily ever after."
07-21-2009, 09:36 PM #2
This is very cool. The longest total eclipse this century.
Thanks for the link.Please help find Gerry Largay, 66, missing on the Appalachian Trail in Maine.
07-26-2009, 12:00 PM #3Former Member
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That was absolutely beautiful, the bits and pieces I saw on tv.