Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The 21st Century’s Longest Eclipse

The 21st Century’s Longest Eclipse occurred July 22, 2009.

We didn’t see it here in America but it was seen in Asia as it tracked over India, China, and the South Pacific during the daylight hours bringing near darkness to the areas involved. This was a Total Eclipse of the sun.

“At its peak over the Pacific, the total phase of the eclipse lasted 6 minutes and 39 seconds. That made it the longest-lasting total eclipse since July 11, 1991, when a stretch of totality lasting 6 minutes and 53 seconds was visible from Hawaii to South America. There will not be a longer total eclipse ... until 2132.”

“The next total solar eclipse is due to occur on July 11, 2010, and will be visible from the South Pacific and parts of South America. That dose of totality will last no longer than 5 minutes and 20 seconds. The continental United States isn't due for a total solar eclipse until Aug. 21, 2017, but on that day, the track of totality will stretch from Oregon to South Carolina.”

MSNBC has an article about it, pictures, and some video.