Update: Click here for July 22 2009 Total Solar Eclipse!
I've been getting a lot of emails this week from readers in Singapore who want to know if we can catch today's total eclipse of the sun and there are lots more of you who are now searching for that answer on Google - I can tell from my blog's Statcounter. The answer is NO. As you can see from this chart by Sky & Telescope above (click here to view the whole chart), Singapore misses out on today's event.
The last total solar eclipse visible in Singapore was way back on 4 March 1821! The next one is on October 7 2135! Good luck if you can live that long. But there are a few total solar eclipses that you can still catch in our neighbouring countries if you know where and when to look. I wrote a post two years ago about it. You can read it here.
The path of today's totality crosses far northern Canada, the Arctic, Siberia and northern China. For the unfortunate ones who are not standing in the path, you can still catch the eclipse via the various live webcasts of the event. Some of the good ones are: NASA TV, Exploratorium, Second Life, CeSViMa, NovosibirskGuide, Live! Universe, University of Dakota and hiChannel. I will also be covering today's eclipse live so check back at around 6pm later today.
Update: Live: August 1, 2008 Total Solar Eclipse
Update: Lots of you are coming to this page from Google looking for the July 22 2009 total solar eclipse that will be visible in China and India (only partial in Singapore). Here's how you can watch it.