Solar Eclipse: 22 July, 2009

Posted by Superior on Jul 21st, 2009 and filed under Top News Story. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

People in India, China, Japan, and much of the Pacific Ocean are going to see something incredible on Wednesday. There will be a total solar eclipse on July 22, 2009 over much of the Asian continent, particularly the southeastern section of China.

It will be the longest solar eclipse in the 21st century and will last for six minutes and 39 seconds, scientists say. The best viewing area will be the coast of China, near Shanghai and Hangzhou – where an estimated 30 million people will be able to watch the solar eclipse. solar-eclipse-july-2009

I’m so jealous! I remember watching a lunar eclipse with my dad when I was younger. It’s a really strong memory from my childhood.

But when is the next solar eclipse in the United States? A quick Google search shows us that the next solar eclipse over the U.S. isn’t until Monday, August 21, 2017. I’ll be 31 years old, so I’ll make sure my kids see it.

It’s interesting how different cultures react to strange natural phenomenon. In India, astrologers are predicting violence across the globe because of the position of the moon. One article I read described how some religious leaders are warning against eating or drinking during the solar eclipse, because it could be unsafe to eat. Apparently, many pregnant Indian women are trying to change their due dates so their children won’t be born on a day with a solar eclipse.

These superstitions make me a little bit sad, because when people believe in something hard enough, they can create a self-fulfilling prophecy. Let’s hope that cooler heads prevail during the July 2009 solar eclipse and no one is hurt.

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