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Summary: The longest solar eclipse of the 21st century took place on July 22, 2009. The Moon's shadow swept across India, China, parts of Japan and the Pacific Ocean, lingering in some places for as long as 6 minutes and 39 seconds. This eclipse will not be surpassed in duration until June 13, 2132. [full story]

  Photographer, Location, Date Larger images Comments

Sylvain Weiller,
Tianhuangping ski resort, China
Jul. 22, 2009
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It lasted for more than five min but still it seems incredibly fast !

Ehsan Rostamizadeh,
Shahdad, Kerman, Iran
Jul. 22, 2009
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solar eclipse & a beautiful green rim 10" Dobsonian, Canon 40D.

Rob Ratkowski,
Jul. 21, 2009
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It was cloudy at our location until a few minutes after the eclipse had begun. We did a native American cloud chase moment and the sky cleared and we had a nice partial solar eclipse to observe from Hawaii, the only state to be able to see the eclipse.

Daniel Lih,
Taichung, Taiwan
Jul. 22, 2009
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though in Taiwan I could not see the total eclipse, I saw the moon-shaped sun! These photos were taken in a nearby park and fortunately the weather was sunny! so I am able to capture the partial eclipse! the maximum coverage by moon is 78% in Taichung! I was able to see the moon-shaped sun directly through sunglasses when thick clouds passed through and it was amazing! Nikon D40X 1/4000 s exposure F22 with ND8 and ND400 filter some photos are without the filters

Nancy Chan,
Jul. 22, 2009
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play with solar eclipse! Photo detail:Canon Digital IXUS 870 LS

Alireza Teimoury,
Shanghai, China
Jul. 22, 2009

After 10 years of dreaming this eclipse and traveling half of earth to shanghai, all we saw was clouds. just 5 after the first contact through clouds

more images: from Andrew Ling of Taipei, Taiwan; from Graeme Hansford of Shanghai, China; from Tanmaye Vyas of Wuhan, China; from Freddy WILLEMS of Waipahu, Hawaii; from Kimon Papathanasopoulos of Shanghai, China; from Mohamad Soltanolkottabi of Shanghai, China; from Chris Knight on the shore of West Lake, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China; from Antonis Farmakopoulos of Shanghai, China; from J. D. Armstrong of the University of Hawai'i's Maui Institute for Astronomy; from Hernando Bautista of Manila, Philippines