Solar Eclipse

On Wednesday, 2009 July 22 (that was today!!), a total eclipse of the Sun was visible from within a narrow corridor that traverses half of Earth.

The path of the Moon's umbral shadow began in India and crossed through Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and China. After leaving mainland Asia, the path crossed
Japan's Ryukyu Islands and curved southeast through the Pacific Ocean where the maximum duration of totality reached 6 min 39 s.

* This map shows how the eclipse was seen in different parts of Japan - although in Osaka it was very cloudy and overcast, so we couldn't really see anything :(

Most of the hotels near Japan's Ryukyu Islands have been fully booked for months, and elementary schools in the region even opened their school sports fields for campers!

I hope that I will be able to post some more pictures later!


  1. I didn't even try to see. But after watching the news, I thought I should at least try... Some people did see it in Tokyo!

    The next chance, 26 years later... too long to wait.


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