Friday, August 7, 2009

Eclipse on july 22

Eclipse is a miraculus natural phenomenon, symbolizing magnanimous power of the sun. It is an event of light and shadow play expressing the evolution existing in life of the earth. So far we had seen many eclipses which either motive the people scientifically or traditionally. The solar eclipse that took place on 22 july 2009 had its own importance now in the cosmic history.

. Solar eclipse 2009, the longest total eclipse in the 21st century, will last for more than six and a half minutes at it’s peak, and black out the world’s most populous countries as it passes directly over India and China. The stream will commence at 0000 UTC, as the Moon first starts to obscure the Sun, tracking the phenomenon until the Sun is totally obscured at 0059 UTC and conclude when the Moon has passed out of the path of the Sun’s rays at 0206 UTC

In just a few hours time the longest solar eclipse of the 21st century will begin as the Moon gradually tracks a path across the front of the Sun, sending the worlds most populous nations into a premature twilight.

Thousands of people from Japan, the US and Europe have made their way to China and India to observe the natural phenomenon, which will not be exceeded in length for another 123 years.

Solar eclipse 2009 will make landfall at 6.30am local time (0030 UTC) on the western Indian state of Gujarat before racing across India, blacking out the holy city of Varanasi on the banks of the Ganges, squeezing between the northern and southern tips of Bangladesh and Nepal before engulfing most of Bhutan, traversing the Chinese mainland and slipping back out to sea off Shanghai

China and India will both experience a total eclipse, while Thailand, parts of Indonesia, Burma and Laos will all experience a partial eclipse.

For people living outside of these areas a number of live video streams have been set up so they can track the Moons shadow The eclipse began on the 22nd of July 2009 at around 5:30 am IST in India and spended almost two hours passing the subcontinent. The path of totality will pass through central India passing over Surat, Ujjain, Baroda, Bhopal, Patna, Darjeeling, and Dibrugarh in the far east. Rest assured the Bohemians will be out there somewhere chasing the eclipse.!!!!

Even when 99% of the Sun''s surface (the photosphere) is obscured during the partial phases of a solar eclipse. This is primarily because nearing totality the ambient light levels become so less that our pupils dilate and the iris tries to allow in more light into the eye. During the partial phase any surge in sunlight, like the one seen during a diamond ring formation can cause excessive solar radiation entering the eye and causing a burn on the retina.

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