Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Longest Solar Eclipse of the Century

India's got the longest solar eclipse of the century on Wednesday morning 22nd July, 2009 at a local sunrise point in the Arabian Sea close to the western coast of India near Surat in Gujarat.

Thousands of people, children and adults, thronged the sky watching sites across the country with their solar goggles to watch the eclipse. In India, the totality phase lasted for some 3 minutes 30 seconds and places like Surat in Gujarat, Indore and Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh, Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and Patna and Taregna in Bihar observed the total solar eclipse that occurred between 6:20 a.m. to 6:25 a.m.

But there are too many myths are also attached along with every eclipse in India yet like pregnant women were advised to stay indoors in curtained rooms over a belief that the sun's invisible rays would harm the fetus and the baby would be born with disfigurations, birthmarks or a congenital defect.

Google also have celebrated this century's best shot in the sky with their Google logo (doodle) today -

Pics from Rediff and Google


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