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Summary: The longest solar eclipse of the 21st century took place on July 22, 2009. The Moon's shadow swept across India, China, parts of Japan and the Pacific Ocean, lingering in some places for as long as 6 minutes and 39 seconds. This eclipse will not be surpassed in duration until June 13, 2132. [full story]

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Team Baader Planetarium,
50km Southwest of Wuhan, China
Jul. 22, 2009
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We have had some clouds wich destroyed the outer Corona - but the Scenery with the orange band around the horizon was very nice!

Zain Ahmed,
Karachi, Pakistan
Jul. 22, 2009

Last night was the clearest in a whole week, but an hour or so before daybreak, it clouded up. A small clearing appeared in the East about 15 minutes after sunrise. The eclipse was already past its 74% maximum by then, but it was still beautiful. Photo details: Sony DSC-W1 Cyber-shot at ISO 100, Vixen R130 at 32.5X for the close-up.

Donald Gardner,
Huangshan, Anhui, China
Jul. 22, 2009
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Solar eclipse during totality. The temperature dropped from 96.6F (at the start) to 88.5F (at totality). The roosters were crowing and the streetlights came on.

Shuichi Kikuchi,
Ibaraki, Japan
Jul. 22, 2009

We made a pin-hole box. We culd catch the maximum eclipse through the cloud!

Michelle Holshue,
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Jul. 22, 2009
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I took these images of the eclipse from our rooftop in Chennai, India. In our location we could only see the partial eclipse, and it was cloudy, so I wasn't sure if I would be able to capture anything - but when I came downstairs to process the images, I was pleasantly surprised.

Photo Details: Nikon D80, 70-300mm f4.5 lens. Shutter speed: 1/4000s. Aperture: f5.0. Focal length: 210mm. Time: 6:19:22 am & 6:23:29 am.

John Nassr,
Baguio, Philippines
Jul. 22, 2009
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The longest solar eclipse of the century was only partially visible from Baguio, Philippines but never-the-less an awe inspiring spectacle under bright sunny skies.

more images: from Hiu Tung of Quarry Bay, Hong Kong; from DAISUKE TOMIYASU of Kobe, Hyogo, JAPAN; from Raymund Sarmiento of Manila, Philippines; from Noel Bautista of Pasig, Philippines