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China to Witness the Longest Annular Solar Eclipse on January 15

Published by  shyoto at 2010/1/15;

Following last year’s total solar eclipse on July 22, 2009, the longest this century, the longest annular solar eclipse this millennia will be witnessed in China on January 15. The maximum magnitude annular eclipse (95%) will be visible in Yunnan, Sichuan, Chongqing, Hubei, Henan and Shandong during a period from about 16:40 to 17:05 local time, while other regions will be able to witness a lesser eclipse, lasting from about 15:00 to 18:00 local time. 

According to astronomers, the annular solar eclipse is calculated to be the longest one in the next one thousand years, as an eclipse lasting longer than this one won’t occur until 3043. Astronomers said in a statement that the maximum duration for the annular solar eclipse will be 11 minutes and 8 seconds, beginning at 07:06:33 UT over the Indian Ocean. 

It is a rare opportunity for people to observe an annular solar eclipse. To better observe it, people are suggested to make some preparations in advance, like observation spectacles and good cameras.

Dali will be the best place to observe this rare astronomical spectacle.

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