Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Total Solar Eclipse

Today, a total solar eclipse could be seen by millions of people across India and China. The path of the eclipse began in India and crossed through Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar (Burma) and China. After leaving mainland Asia, the shadow crossed Japan's Ryukyu Islands and curved southeast through the Pacific Ocean. This eclipse lasted up to 6 minutes and 39 seconds which is the longest total eclipse in the 21st century. No one alive today will ever see a longer lasting eclipse. The next eclipse that will last longer won't come around until June 13, 2132. That's only 123 years away. Who knows though what future medical technology will bring. Maybe someone born today will live to see the year 2132.

Locally, we here in the Midwest will get to experience a total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. In fact, this eclipse will be at its greatest right here in the neighborhood. Hopkinsville, Kentucky appears to be the bulls eye of the eclipse where totality will last the longest. You can click here for a Google Map of the path of totality the eclipse will take. It should fly through area around 6:30pm if I'm reading the information correctly.

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