The path of the Eclipse of the Century

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.

path of 22 Jul 09 eclipse

For serious information regarding eclipses, as well as a link providing detailed predictions, maps, figures and information about this important event, pop by NASA’s eclipse website here. The material there is adapted from their eclipse bulletin.

Is where you live located in the path of totality? You lucky person, you. Here’s an interactive site that will show you what to expect when the eclipse occurs.

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