Khamis, 23 Julai 2009

Solar eclipse wows Asia

Millions of people across Asia watched as the skies over the continent were pitched into near-darkness by the longest solar eclipse of the 21st century.The eclipse began at 6:24am (00:54 GMT) on Wednesday in India before it was seen over Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Bhutan and China.Over India, the Moon covered the Sun for almost four minutes, but in other parts of Asia the total eclipse lasted as long as six minutes and 39 seconds.However, Amitabh Pande, a scientist with India's Science Popularisation Association of Communicators and Educators, was still impressed by the event.
"It was still a unique experience with morning turning into night for more than three minutes," he said.One of the best views, shown live on several television channels, appeared to be in the Indian town of Varanasi, on the banks of the Ganges river.

The next solar eclipse with a "totality" - the period of time that the sun is completely covered by the moon - as long as Wednesday's will take place in 2132.But the next time the event will be visible will be on July 11, 2010 over the South Pacific.

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