The solar eclipse of July 22, 2009, will be the longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century, lasting at most 6 minutes, 39 seconds.
This solar eclipse will be the longest total solar eclipse that will occur in the 21st century, and will not be surpassed in duration until June 13, 2132. Totality will last for up to 6 minutes and 39 seconds, with the maximum eclipse occurring in the ocean at 02:35:21 UTC about 100 km south of the Bonin Islands, southeast of Japan. The uninhabited North Iwo Jima island is the landmass with totality time closest to maximum, while the closest inhabited point is Akusekijima, where the eclipse will last 6 minutes and 26 seconds.
A partial eclipse will be seen from the much broader path of the Moon’s penumbra, including most of Southeast Asia (all of India and China) and north-eastern Oceania.
Says the Philippine Daily Inquirer;
If the weather in Metro Manila is clear, the moon can be seen covering the sun by as much as half, or 49.5 percent, by Gabriana’s calculations. The eclipse can be viewed by residents in the metropolis from 8:32 A.M. to 11:01 A.M.
Check out the photos I took below:
To view and photograph the eclipse, I initially used a glass plate with a candle-smoked bottom. I was also wearing my X-Men “Cyclops” ruby red wrap around sun glasses. Then, a neighbor saw me and joined in on the fun. He lent me a glass slide from a welding/welder’s helmet. Salamat po, Mang Bing!
A couple of these once-in-a-lifetime shots would make great submissions for the now-defunct Mirror Project, don’t you think?
I’m flying away
Running like the wind
As I chase the sun
Up spinning around
Circles in my mind
Sailing over ground
– “Chase the Sun” by Planet Funk, circa 2000-2001