Total Solar Eclipse - 22
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Tianhuangping Hydro Plant Reservoir from the Eclipse Viewing Site
The total solar eclipse on Wednesday, 22nd July 2009 was the longest-duration eclipse of the 21st century. It was visible along a line extending from India to the Pacific Ocean. Detailed technical information about this eclipse can be found on the NASA website.
My photographs were taken at the Anji viewing site in Zheijiang province, China, which was a mountain-top site inland from Shanghai, located at N 30° 28' 1.60", E 119° 35' 41.12" (by my GPS). This viewing site was on the rim of the upper reservoir of the Tianhuangping pumped storage hydroelectric plant and provided a clear sky view. Conditions at the time of the eclipse were fairly good for visual observation but scattered high cloud interfered with scientific measurements. Chinese television were present on the site and a synopsis of their report can be found at http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-07/22/content_11754821.htm
The eclipse started (first contact) at about 8:20am local
(Beijing) time, with totality lasting for over 5½ minutes at
this location. All times on the following photographs are local
times, as recorded on-camera.