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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]

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Alan Dyer,
Northern Cook Islands, South Pacific
Jul. 21, 2009
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We were near the end of the eclipse path, at sea on the m/s Paul Gauguin, in the Northern Cook Islands group well north of the island of Pukapuka, a remote spot that we sailed past on eclipse morning, and were the first cruise ship to ever pass so close to that island. The eclipse was at 6:15 pm on July 21 for us, and after a day of clear skies we had to chase into a clear hole to avoid convective cloud buildup during the partial phases. But the last few minutes of partial phases and totality were well in the clear. The view of the low Sun in eclipse was spectacular with an impressively large Sun/Moon disk from the "moon illusion" effect. We have a happy ship of 300 eclipse chasers!

Ali Ebrahimi Seraji,
Koohak village, Sistan va Baluchestan, Iran
Jul. 22, 2009
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observation partial solar eclipse in sunrise in south eastern of Iran.beautiful dance cloud, sunad & moon for eclipse Photo details: 20*80 binocular, Canon Powershot A430, 4X optical zoom, using afocal method.

Jun Lao,
Wuhan, China
Jul. 22, 2009
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While we were able to view the partial stages of the eclipse in Wuhan, the critical moments from third to fourth contact were hidden in clouds, but we were treated to a wonderful view of the darkness coming from the Moon's shadow approaching, then receding from us, as projected on the clouds.

Peyman Norouzi,
Bam, Kerman, Iran
Jul. 22, 2009
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A breathtaking eclipse scene from ancient ruins of, globally famous "Bam Castle", fotmer greatest adobe made castle known by far Kerman, Iran.

Gary Wood,
near Ghazni, Afghanistan
Jul. 22, 2009

This photo were taken using a DMC-TZ5 camera, hand-held, filtered by an electronically dimming welders helmet.

Khosro Jafarizadeh,
Dehnamak, Semnan, Iran
Jul. 21, 2009
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Morning Sun Rise in Karevansara Dehnamak.... Canon 40D, 400 ASA, 1/250S expose, 200 mm Lens,

Mang Zhao,
Huangshan, Anhui, China
Jul. 22, 2009

Rainbows could be seen just before totality. This was taken at the top of Huangshan. It was an once in a lifetime exciting moment.

more images: from Robert Greene of Kwajalein, Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands; from Stanislav Kaniansky of Changchong Kouzen, China; from Dante Cruz of Quezon City, Philippines; from Schindler Leung of TongLing, China; from liuichin of Chang Hua,Taiwan