Tuesday, July 21, 2009

the longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century

the answer to yesterday's post is - a solar eclipse.
the image shown below is the "diamond ring effect" that happens when the solar eclipse takes place. I think whoever invented the term is a genius, the phenomenon looks exactly like a diamond ring! (such an apt description) and the diamond just keeps getting larger as the sun re-emerges :)

tomorrow morning (22 July 2009) will bring with it this century's longest total solar eclipse, at an estimated total duration of near 7 minutes!
Singapore falls just right outside the zone, so we'll only experience a slight blockage of 10% - 20% of the sun here (which at best probably only reflects slightly gloomier skies). we definitely won't be experiencing the full awe of this amazing astrological event of the century (some cities in China offer the best views of it) but thanks to technology, we'll be able to tune in live on the actual eclipse.

catch the live telecast on channel U from 8:00am - 11:00am tomorrow morning 22 july (condensed highlights at 11:30pm same day) or watch it live online on this Spanish website - eclipse total de sol 2009.

for those who are fortunate to be able to experience this in its full glory, do enjoy the universe's natural marvel and post pictures to share :)

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