04 July 2009

Shanghai surprise

As a celebration for the International Year of Astronomy 2009, a total solar eclipse will take place on July 22nd. If you have a chance to get into the path of totality, don't miss it! This is a very unique mind-blowing experience.

The July 22, 2009, total solar eclipse begins at sunrise in India, and from there the Moon's shadow zips across eastern Asia. The track crosses China for much of the morning before leaving the mainland near Shanghai. Observers just south of this city will experience nearly 6 minutes of totality. The track then moves out over the Pacific Ocean.

If you cannot make it this time, check out the following map of the forthcoming total eclipses of the Sun. Maybe there is one closer to your place in a few years!