A total eclipse of the Sun occurred on Wednesday 22 July, 2009 UT, lasting from 23:58 on 21 Jul–05:12 UT. A dramatic total eclipse plunged the Sun into darkness for 6 minutes and 39 seconds at maximum, creating an amazing spectacle for observers in a very broad path, 258 km wide at maximum. It was seen in India and China, and across the Pacific. The partial eclipse was visible across south-east Asia.

The timings of the phases of the overall eclipse worldwide are as follows. In any particular place it would have been seen for a significantly shorter duration as the shadow moved across the Earth:

Partial eclipse began: 23:58:19 on 21 Jul UT
Total eclipse began: 00:51:17 UT
Maximum eclipse: 02:35:21 UT
Total eclipse ended: 04:19:26 UT
Partial eclipse ended: 05:12:25 UT

The total eclipse begain on the easten coast of India, then crossed north-east into Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan before entering China. A total eclipse was also visible from the extreme north of Myanmar (Burma). The eclipse track crossed China, then passed over the Ryukyu Archipelago and the Bonin Islands, some of the Marshall Islands, Kiribati, and Nikumaroro, before finishing over the ocean.

Interactive Map

This map shows the visibility of the eclipse. The shaded area saw the total solar eclipse; however, near the edges of this area, the eclipse was very short. The bold line shows the centre of the path, where the eclipse lasted longest.

Use the zoom controls to zoom in and out; hover your mouse over any point on the centreline to see the time and duration of the eclipse at that point. You can pan and zoom the map to see detail for any part of the eclipse path.

Overview Map

This map sourced from NASA's Eclipse Web Site shows the visibility of the total solar eclipse. It also shows the broader area in which a partial eclipse was seen. (Click on it for the full-sized version.)

Eclipse Season and Saros Series

This eclipse season contains 3 eclipses:

This was the 37th eclipse in Saros series 136. The previous eclipse in this series is on 11 Jul, 1991 AD; the next is on 2 Aug, 2027 AD.

The previous eclipse in the Triple Saros is on 20 Jun, 1955 AD; the next is on 24 Aug, 2063 AD.

Eclipse Parameters

Saros Series 136 Number in Series 36
Penumbral Magnitiude Central Magnitiude 1.0799
Gamma 0.0698 Path Width (km) 258
Delta T 1m06s Error ± 0m00s (95%)
Penumbral Duration Partial Duration
Total Duration 6m39s
Contact p1 23:58:19 on 21 Jul UT Contact p2
Contact u1 00:51:17 on 22 Jul UT Contact u2 00:54:31 on 22 Jul UT
Max eclipse 02:35:21 on 22 Jul UT
Contact u3 04:16:13 on 22 Jul UT Contact u4 04:19:26 on 22 Jul UT
Contact p3 Contact p4 05:12:25 on 22 Jul UT

The TD Date/Time of this eclipse (as shown in NASA's eclipse listings) is 02:36:25 on 22 Jul TDT.

Data last updated: 2014-10-24 20:03:28 UTC (1414181008).