Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Watch the longest Total Solar Eclipse of the century tomorrow morning!

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There will be a total eclipse of the Sun for parts of India, China and the western Pacific Ocean tomorrow morning, 22 July 2009. The central path begins in India's Gulf of Khambhat at 00:53 Universal Time (UT) and then sweeps over Indian cities or Surat, Indore, Bhopal, Varanasi and Pata before crossing to Nepal, Bangladesh, Burma and then parts of China.

The unusual long path of the total solar eclipse across two of the most populated countries in the world could make this the most observed eclipse in all of history. And not only that, it is also one of the longest eclipses, if not the longest eclipse in this century, lasting nearly three-and-a-half hours!

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Unfortunately for us in Singapore, we will only get to see a partial eclipse and a very poor one. Only 3.6% of the sun will be covered by the moon. Partial eclipse will start for Singapore at 0:40 UT which is at 8:40 am Singapore time. Maximum eclipse is at 1:11 UT or 9:11 am S'pore time. Partial eclipse will end at 1:44 UT or 9:44 am S'pore time. The partial eclipse can be viewed over a large area, from Siberia and Kazakhstan through Southeast Asia and Indonesia. But remember, do not look at the sun directly without proper solar filters.

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If you do want to catch the total solar eclipse live, do tune in to Channel U from 8 am. They will simulcast the entire eclipse live from China! Or if you can't catch it on the telly, try Sun Stopper, a local website that will also be streaming the total eclipse live.

For more info and graphics, click here, here and here.

Update: Channel U will be providing a half hour special highlights of the total solar eclipse on Wednesday night at 11.30 pm.

Update: Check out my Twitter for the latest pics and live feeds.

Update: Watch awesome videos of the Greatest Solar Eclipse of the Century

Previously:
Partial Solar Eclipse on Chinese New Year: Pics!!!
Catching the next total solar eclipse in our neighbourhood

7 comments:

Astronomy Science Fair Projects said...

Astronomical events don’t happen every day, so when they do happen it is important to do what you can to watch them and to learn from them. If you aren’t in a part of the world that has a direct view to this event, then take advantage of the online coverage that it will have. This is a great event to use for your science fair project, kids.

GeekGod said...

Ha! The online streaming sucks. Channel U was much better!

danni12 said...

when is the next one for us in Singapore?

Anonymous said...

thanks for those links!

Mr Big said...

It sucks to be living in Singapore. We miss all the great astronomical events.

CheRyL said...

I saw nothing only rain.

Myra Leong said...

I wish I was in China this morning!!!

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