Just received this great email from my friend showing the latest July 2009 solar eclipse through out the world. Check out the great photographs and enjoy!
THE LONGEST SOLAR ECLIPSE OF THE CENTURY Earlier today, the moon passed directly in front of the sun, causing a total solar eclipse that crossed nearly half the Earth - through Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and China. Today's was the longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century, lasting as much as 6 minutes and 39 seconds in a few areas. Despite cloudy skies in many of the populated areas in the path, millions of people gathered outside to gaze up and view this rare event. Collected here are a few images of the eclipse, and those people who came out to watch.
People watch the solar eclipse on the peak of Malu Mountain in Liuzhou, China on July 22, 2009. A total solar eclipse covered a narrow path across Asia, where it darkened skies for millions of people for more than six minutes in some places.
Hindu devotees observe a solar eclipse through specially-designed viewing glasses as they take holy dips in the Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Sarawati River, in Allahabad, India, Wednesday, July 22, 2009.
A partial solar eclipse is seen as an internally displaced man loads his belongings onto the back of a truck before departing from the UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees) Yar Hussain camp in pakistan's Swabi district, about 120 km (75 mi) northwest of Islamabad on July 22, 2009.
Hindu devotees gather along the banks of the River Ganges to watch the total solar eclipse in the northern Indian city of Varanasi July 22, 2009.
The roof of the Yellow Crane Tower is silhouetted below a partial solar eclipse in Wuhan, Hubei province, China on July 22, 2009.
South Korean student Jo Sang-young watches the solar eclipse through a stack of sunglasses at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, July 22, 2009.
The moon passes between the sun and the earth, nearing a total solar eclipse, as seen in Changsha, Hunan province, China on July 22, 2009.
A man continues his chore - emptying a rubbish bin in front of the world's largest stone Buddha statue - despite the darkness of the total solar eclipse above the city of Leshan, Sichuan province, China on July 22, 2009.
The sun's edge, or limb, peeks out from behind the moon during a total solar eclipse above Varanasi, India on Wednesday, July 22, 2009.
People congregate on the banks of the River Ganges watching a total solar eclipse in Varanasi, India, Wednesday, July 22, 2009.
A red crescent of sun is visible during a total solar eclipse seen above Varanasi, India on Wednesday, July 22, 2009.
Much of the sun's corona becomes visible as the moon passes between the sun and the earth during a total solar eclipse, seen above Varanasi, India, Wednesday, July 22, 2009
People use their mobile phones to take photos as they join thousands of people along the Ganges river to watch a solar eclipse in the Indian city of Varanasi on July 22, 2009.
A statue of Chairman Mao Zedong is silhouetted against a partial solar eclipse in Wuhan, Hubei province, China on July 22, 2009.
A boy uses a piece of smoked glass to observe a solar eclipse in Tianjin municipality, China on July 22, 2009.
A partial solar eclipse is seen through the window panels of the Taoyuan International Airport in Taoyuan, Taiwan on July 22, 2009.
Residents listen to an expert from a science and technology museum give a talk during a partial eclipse in Liuzhou, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, China on July 22, 2009.
A partial solar eclipse is seen through clouds in Hyderabad, Pakistan on Wednesday, July 22, 2009.
An aircraft flies past the sun during a solar eclipse above New Delhi, India on July 22, 2009.
In this handout image provided by National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, the sun's corona is clearly visible during the solar eclipse on July 22, 2009, seen near Iwojima Island, Tokyo, Japan.