A total eclipse of the Sun occurred on 22 July, 2009 AD 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 eclipse are as follows:
|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.
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.
This map shows the visibility of the eclipse. The shaded area will see the total solar eclipse; however, near the edges of this area, the eclipse will be very short. The bold line shows the centre of the path, where the eclipse will last longest, so this is where you want to be if possible.
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.
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 will be seen. (Click on it for the full-sized version.) EclipseMaps/2009_07_22.gif
|Saros Series||136||Saros Number||36|
|Penumbral Magnitiude||Central Magnitiude||1.0799|
|Gamma||0.0698||Path Width (km)||258|
|Delta T||66||Penumbral Duration|
|Partial Duration||Total Duration||6 minutes and 39 seconds|
|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.