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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]

  Photographer, Location, Date Larger images Comments

Dennis Mammana,
Yichang, China
Jul. 22, 2009
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After hoofing it for more than three miles in 95+ degree (F) air with humidity at least 80%, I arrived at this pagoda in Yichang, China. And, despite the crowd that gathered around my tripod, I managed to fire off a few decent shots.

MTSAT, a Japanese satellite in
geostationary orbit
Jul. 22, 2009
#1 "Last night I went to the SSEC Geostationary Satellite browser and watched the Moon's shadow cross the globe in near real time," says Uwe Heine. "This image is from the MTSAT."

Wojciech Burzynski,
looking out the window of an express train between chinese cities Hangzhou and Zhuji.
Jul. 22, 2009

Partial phase of sun the greatest eclipse of the century. Our Polish expedition unfortunately had missed out total phase. During the phenomena cloudiness was various and unstable. Photo taken without tripod through Canon 40D camera with f/8 500 mm telelens + orange filter.

Tsuiwen Chen,
Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Jul. 22, 2009
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Shadow play.Solar eclipse on July 22 ,2009. We noticed sunlight beams falling on the ground. As well as I was surprised when I saw the sunlight beams reflected on a t-shirts

Bernhard Deufel,
Shanghai, China
Jul. 22, 2009
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Unluckily - as so many others - we missed the great solar eclipse in China due to the horrible weather. In Shanghai's People's Square it was raining heavily during totality. It got very dark. What a dissapointment! Later we found a newspaper article about the solar eclispe between some ponds nicely representing our mood...

Iakovos Marios Strikis,
Westlake - Hangzhou - China
Jul. 22, 2009
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Today was the day to believe in miracles ... We didn't sleep all night to fix the last remaining problems. Ufortunately as we experienced during the totality not all the problems were solved ... Untill 5 minutes befour totality there was a strong haze with dark clouds above our heads ready to rain, thanks to good luck not only it didn't rain but there was a small gap between the haze and the hight altitude clouds that alowed us to observe all the Toality but not with the best weather... In perect circumstanses the images with 4 seconds exposure time must have almost been overexposed, not today .... If someone wanted to record totality had to put exposures from 1 second and above. Below are some of the best images we could aquaire during the eclipse ... Although we didn't do all the measurements we wanted to do, we are verry happy that we were able to observe with our eyes this magnificent phenomenon... Also we are verry happy the weather here in the westlake was not raining... Our last minute parteners had verry bad luck... In Huzhou it was rainin, and in the place of Chris Go. and Tomio Akutsu were observing it was clear untill the moment of Totality .... Hope in the next eclipse to be more lucky...

more images: from Russell Cockman at the Qiantang River near Hangzhou China; from Ram Prasad Humagai of Kathmandu, Nepal ; from Robert B Slobins of Chongqing, China; from WL of Tsim Sha Tsui Hong Kong; from Brenda Nicole Tan of Yangshan Island (100km south of Shanghai), China; from Tymon Kretschmer of Wuhan, China; from Ming Chih Wang of TongLing, China; from James Kevin Ty of Wuhan , Hubei Province, China; from Sarada. S of Marina beach, Chennai, India; from Ľubomír Urbančok of Shanghai, Jingshanzou, China; from Cormac Gebruers of Shanghai, PRC