A Total Eclipse And A New MoonJul 22nd, 2009 | By Krystal | Category: Featured Articles
Today happens to be the date of the July new moon as well as the longest solar eclipse of the 21st century! Just thought that was pretty cool :P If you want to learn more about today’s eclipse head on over to NASA’s website. (Picture courtesy of the Telegraph).
“On Wednesday, 2009 July 22, a total eclipse of the Sun is visible from within a narrow corridor that traverses half of Earth. The path of the Moon’s umbral shadow begins in India and crosses through Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and China. After leaving mainland Asia, the path crosses Japan’s Ryukyu Islands and curves southeast through the Pacific Ocean where the maximum duration of totality reaches 6 min 39 s. A partial eclipse is seen within the much broader path of the Moon’s penumbral shadow, which includes most of eastern Asia, Indonesia, and the Pacific Ocean.”