Witness of solar total eclipse July 22, 2009 in China Xi'An

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A total eclipse of the Sun / solar total eclipse is visible from within a narrow corridor that traverses half of Earth on Wednesday, 2009 July 22. The path of the Moon's umbral shadow begins in India and crosses through Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and China. After leaving mainland Asia, the path crosses Japan's Ryukyu Islands and curves southeast through the Pacific Ocean where the maximum duration of totality reaches 6 min 39 s. A partial eclipse is seen within the much broader path of the Moon's penumbral shadow, which includes most of eastern Asia, Indonesia, and the Pacific Ocean.

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