Eclipse Video and Other Updates on Solar Eclipse July 2009

Well, the century's longest total solar eclipse is now over. Thousands turned out in various locations worldwide to see this rare celestial event. Some, however, were disappointed, when dense clouds prevented viewing of the partial eclipse that should have been visible from Hyderabad and the surrounding area. Lucky viewers in Varanasi, India, were delighted to see totality at around 6:26 this morning.

Although North Americans weren't able to get a firsthand view of the eclipse due to its location, enthusiasts and interested parties can witness the event secondhand through the wonder of the Internet. Certainly, it isn't the same, but arguably, it's better than nothing! Check out the video on YouTube and various astronomy sites.

As we reported yesterday, today's eclipse was the longest solar eclipse of the 21st century, at just over 6 1/2 minutes of totality. While cloud cover spoiled the fun for many would-be viewers and those of us in North America were likely sleeping peacefully when it occured, it's nice to know that we can still witness this historic event.

Though it is perhaps not nearly as awesome as a total solar eclipse, there will be a lunar eclipse on August 6, which will mark the third eclipse in less than a month (including today's solar eclipse and a previous lunar eclipse on July 7).

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