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Total Solar Eclipse on July 22nd 2009 – The Most Powerful Eclipse of the Year 2009

Followed by the lunar eclipse on July 07th 2009, the most powerful eclipse for this year happens on 22nd July 2009. This eclipse is called as total solar eclipse and it is sixth total solar eclipse for this decade. A total eclipse occurs when the Sun is completely hidden by the Moon. The intensely bright disk of the Sun is replaced by the dark silhouette of the Moon, and the much fainter ring called corona is visible. This eclipse is a 6-minute plus eclipse—the longest of the 21st century.

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The eclipse is seen initially in India and it traverses through Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and China and across the Pacific Ocean. Hence the major part of the eclipse occurs at eastern Asia, Indonesia and Pacific Ocean.

It is safe to observe the total phase of a solar eclipse directly with the unaided eye, binoculars or a telescope, when the sun is completely covered by the Moo. In fact this cannot be viewed thorough the filters as the light will be very dim. At this point of total solar eclipse the sun will be completely hidden and just a ring will visible which is nothing but the corona of the sun.

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When the shrinking visible part of the photosphere becomes very small, Baily’s beads will occur. It has been named so as the image formed because of the sun rays looks like beads. This is caused by the sunlight still being able to reach Earth through lunar valleys, but no longer where mountains are present. After this begins the Totality with the Diamond Ring Effect, which emits the last bright flash of sunlight.

Occurrences

The following are few of the places where the total solar eclipse on 22nd July 2009 can be experienced. All timings mentioned here are local timings of that place.

Location

Start Time

End Time

Maximum Eclipse at

India

05:54

07:18:11

06:21:00

Bangladesh

05:59:16

08:04:39

06:58:14

Japan

09:55:39

12:30:19

11:13:00

Singapore

08:40:52

09:43:56

09:11:26

Indonesia

16:20:18

18:50:14

17:40:54

China

08:33:45

10:54:09

09:41:59

Photography

Photographing such total solar eclipse is possible with fairly common film camera equipment. In order for the disk of the sun/moon to be easily visible, a fairly high magnification telephoto lens is needed (70-200 mm for a 35 mm camera), and for the disk to fill most of the frame, a longer lens is needed (over 500 mm). For those who are interested in photographing the total solar eclipse, here are few tips to make your photographing fruitful.

Precautions

Viewing the Sun after totality can be dangerous. Hence do not view the sun after eclipse as it emits highly hazardous rays.

While in Photographing, do take proper precautions to safeguard your eyes. The sun when viewed through the view finder of the camera might affect the retina of the eyes, which might even be a cause for losing our eyes. One of the most widely available filters for safe solar viewing is shade number 14 welder’s glass, which can be obtained from welding supply outlets.

Live Streaming/Webcasts On Internet

You can follow the live broadcast of the total solar eclipse on 22nd July 2009 here. For more information read our article How To Watch July 22, 2009 Total Solar Eclipse Live On Web

CC Image Credit: luc_viatour and Exploratorium

130 Comments on Total Solar Eclipse on July 22nd 2009 – The Most Powerful Eclipse of the Year 2009

  1. Hema
    July 27, 2009 at 3:58 pm (10 years ago)

    Hi, Suganya. This year 2009 , August 6 th , lunar eclipse is visible in melbourne, australia? What are the timIngs pls.
    Thanks.

    Reply
  2. Brittney
    July 23, 2009 at 11:37 am (10 years ago)

    Heh…it was about 8:50 pm here in SC/USA on Tuesday 7/21 when the eclipse officially was at it’s peak in New Dehli, India…interesting…

    Reply
  3. Sambhajirao.
    July 23, 2009 at 7:25 am (10 years ago)

    The information was very useful. In Karnataka we were not fortunate enough to watch the total solar eclipse. However we were able to watch partial eclipse when the sun was cover about 60 % by moon. we enjoyed the live telecast.

    Reply
  4. Kathy
    July 23, 2009 at 3:54 am (10 years ago)

    Thank you for this info … I was running around last night trying to see anything and did not know that I was not going to be able to see because I just saw your fantastic site today! Thank you..

    Reply
  5. Marcion
    July 22, 2009 at 9:00 pm (10 years ago)

    Update:

    Many questions about omens, and what families/expeted parents should do on the day of an eclipse.

    This is a GOOD omen (not bad). You should celebrate the event, and enjoy the day. You are lucky to live in interesting times, to see fascinating and beautiful natural events.

    Bad omens are created by man (clearcutting of forests, polluting the oceans, exhaust to cause global warnings). When we destroy God’s creation it will haunt us in unexpected ways for many generations.

    Good omens are created by God – celebrate them, mark your calendars, remember them for years to come.

    Reply
  6. Rems
    July 22, 2009 at 7:38 pm (10 years ago)

    Hey Suganya,

    Very valuable info……..

    Reply
  7. margarette
    July 22, 2009 at 1:26 pm (10 years ago)

    do you see the eclipse here in the philippines??

    Reply
  8. margarette
    July 22, 2009 at 1:26 pm (10 years ago)

    thanks for the information!!

    it helps me a lot!!

    Thanks!!

    Reply
  9. angel
    July 22, 2009 at 10:32 am (10 years ago)

    hi
    is thr an eclipse in srilanka?if so,can i pls hav the timings for the 22nd july?

    Reply
  10. kenny stone
    July 22, 2009 at 10:31 am (10 years ago)

    huy there i was able to view alittle bit of it here in guangzhou early in tha morning. it was crazy , aint seen something like that in a long while.

    Reply
  11. AR
    July 22, 2009 at 9:43 am (10 years ago)

    AMERICANS PLEASE READ:

    eclipse will NOT be visible in North America as it will be night time here..

    again NOT VISIBLE IN North AMERICA

    so please try and read these before you ask again!

    Reply
  12. Ella
    July 22, 2009 at 9:29 am (10 years ago)

    the Solar Eclipse takes place from 2:39 till 4:15pm today!

    Only partial in in Australia

    Reply
  13. Randa
    July 22, 2009 at 9:03 am (10 years ago)

    Can you tell me what time the eclipse will take place in Washington, D.C. (EST) on July 22nd 2009?

    Thanks,
    RER

    Reply
  14. ajitrose
    July 22, 2009 at 8:15 am (10 years ago)

    can u give the time of eclipse of south korea also next time thanks so much

    Reply
  15. ajitrose
    July 22, 2009 at 8:14 am (10 years ago)

    i get so much knowledge of eclipse which i cant get by other site thanks so much

    Reply
  16. Spicey
    July 22, 2009 at 7:58 am (10 years ago)

    Can you list the timings if the eclipse on july 22nd in Texas,America?

    Thank you!

    Reply
  17. anjila
    July 22, 2009 at 7:40 am (10 years ago)

    give me the time in victoria ,australia when eclipse will occur

    Reply
  18. jade peeraer
    July 22, 2009 at 7:36 am (10 years ago)

    I can’t wait to see the solar eclipse that’s coming soon. It’s going to be my first time seeing the solar eclipse!!! I read on the some websites that it’s going to be the longest solar eclipse of the year!
    I”m so excited!

    Reply
  19. Isfahani
    July 22, 2009 at 7:07 am (10 years ago)

    Thanks for the information.
    We In Indonesia & Malaysia are now seeing only the
    partial eclipse…

    Reply
  20. JASMEET
    July 22, 2009 at 3:03 am (10 years ago)

    AWAITING FOR YOUR REPLY
    WHT TIME ECLIPSE START AND END IN DUBAI UAE

    TKS
    JASMEET

    Reply
  21. JASMEET
    July 22, 2009 at 2:52 am (10 years ago)

    DEAR ALL
    THIS IS VERY URGENT FOR ME MY WIFE IS EXPECTING
    YOU ARE KINDLY REQUESTED TO INFORM US URGENTLY THAT SOLAR ECLIPSE ON 22 JULY 2009
    WHAT ARE THE TIMING FOR START AND END IN DUBAI (UAE) TKS JASMEET

    Reply
  22. Sunir Pathak
    July 22, 2009 at 12:25 am (10 years ago)

    Thanks for great infromation about Total Solar Eclipse July 22nd, 2009.

    Reply
  23. KARTHEEK
    July 22, 2009 at 12:18 am (10 years ago)

    can i know at what time the solar eclipse is occurred in london.
    its important for me…thanq…

    Reply
  24. Bosky
    July 21, 2009 at 11:55 pm (10 years ago)

    When will the solar eclipse be seen in Dhaka, Bangladesh…..pls dont forget to mention whether u meant the new day-light-saving time or the usual 1

    Reply
  25. sairam
    July 21, 2009 at 10:31 pm (10 years ago)

    WILL IT CAUSE SOME DISASTERS TO PEOPLE IN CHENNAI,TAMIL NADU,INDIA

    Reply
  26. Shilpa
    July 21, 2009 at 10:06 pm (10 years ago)

    When does solar eclipse occur in USA,Florida,eventhough it is not visible.Can u please tell me the exact timing?

    Reply
  27. Abdul Haleem Mohammed
    July 21, 2009 at 9:51 pm (10 years ago)

    Good Evening Sir/ Madam, Please let me know what to do on the eclipse time my wife is pregnant. Please let me know soon.

    Reply
  28. FAHAD SALEH
    July 21, 2009 at 9:47 pm (10 years ago)

    Can any one please tell me the timing of total eclipse of 22nd july, in PAKISTAN?????????

    Reply
  29. Shab
    July 21, 2009 at 8:31 pm (10 years ago)

    Thanks for youe reply. One more query, even though the eclipse of the 22nd July is not visible in Europe, please can you advise on the time that we would be experiencing this eclipse here.

    Reply
  30. Sunny
    July 21, 2009 at 8:07 pm (10 years ago)

    will it be visible in Kansas city, USA?

    Reply

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