China to witness longest total solar eclipse in 500 years

Solar eclipse gazers gathered at the sides of the Yellow and Yangtze rivers Wednesday morning in northwestern Lanzhou and central Wuhan cities as the moon started to shadow the sun at 8:15 a.m..

Partial solar eclipse started at 8:01'27 a.m. in Cona County, Tibet in southwest China, according to an observatory under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

The county was one of the first places in the country to view the solar eclipse.

However, the solar view from Cona was blocked by overcast, according to sources from the CAS Purple Mountain Observatory based in Nanjing, eastern Jiangsu Province.

Cona is 500 km south of Lhasa, Tibet's capital. The sun sunshine was blocked behind clouds in Lhasa as well on Wednesday.

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July 28, 2009


Hope can see 500 years:)


July 22, 2009


Last time I've read it was the longest in 300 years. Seems to grow :) I'm kidding, what's another hundred years. But would certainly like some photos, at least with the viewers watching the sun. Would make the newsroom.
Like a sunset, an eclipse could be best experienced with your back at the sun :) (unless your telephoto is hubble like nor cloudy).

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