On Wednesday, 2009 July 22, a total eclipse of the Sun was visible from within a narrow corridor that traversed half of Earth. The maximum duration of totality was 6 min 39 seconds, something that won’t be repeated again this century – but you had to be boating in the Pacific Ocean to experience it!
The path of the moon’s shadow began in India, crossed through Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and China, then passed Japan and curved southeast into the Pacific Ocean where it reached the maximum duration of totality at 2. 35 am UTC (Greenwich Mean Time).
Egypt clearly missed out but it had a cut of the action in 2006 and will have another chance in August, 2027. Better book your Nile cruise now!
This blog first appeared in the Cairo BCA magazine to promote astronomy in Sinai.