Gearing up for the Longest Solar Eclipse

Tech | ibnlive.com | July 21, 2009, 1:00 pm
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 Hundreds of millions of people across India, China and Japan will witness the longest solar eclipse of the century on Wednesday (22 July 2009). Tourists and scientists are flocking to the best viewing spots from across the globe for up to six minutes and 39 seconds of darkness. The total eclipse will appear at dawn in Indias Gulf of Khambhat, north of Mumbai, moving east across India, Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China and pass across southern Japanese islands, with a last brief view from Nikumaroro Island in the South Pacific nation of Kiribati.

Hundreds of millions of people across India, China and Japan will witness the longest solar eclipse of the century on Wednesday (22 July 2009). Tourists and scientists are flocking to the best viewing spots from across the globe for up to six minutes and 39 seconds of darkness. The total eclipse will appear at dawn in Indias Gulf of Khambhat, north of Mumbai, moving east across India, Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China and pass across southern Japanese islands, with a last brief view from Nikumaroro Island in the South Pacific nation of Kiribati.

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[caption id=<img class="size-full wp-image-764629" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/eclipse-10-420_220 .jpg" alt="A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Sun and the Earth so that the Sun is fully or partially covered. A total solar eclipse took place on July 11, 1991, totality beginning over the Pacific Ocean and Hawaii moving across Mexico, down through Central America and across South America ending over Brazil. It lasted for 6 minutes and 53 seconds at the point of maximum eclipse.
IN THIS PICTURE: Young Chinese men buy special sunglasses from a street vendor in preparation for the upcoming total solar eclipse in Enshi city, central Chinas Hubei province, 19 July 2009. " /> A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Sun and the Earth so that the Sun is fully or partially covered. A total solar eclipse took place on July 11, 1991, totality beginning over the Pacific Ocean and Hawaii moving across Mexico, down through Central America and across South America ending over Brazil. It lasted for 6 minutes and 53 seconds at the point of maximum eclipse.
IN THIS PICTURE: Young Chinese men buy special sunglasses from a street vendor in preparation for the upcoming total solar eclipse in Enshi city, central Chinas Hubei province, 19 July 2009. [/caption]" title="[caption id="attachment_764629"]<img class="size-full wp-image-764629" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/eclipse-10-420_220 .jpg" alt="A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Sun and the Earth so that the Sun is fully or partially covered. A total solar eclipse took place on July 11, 1991, totality beginning over the Pacific Ocean and Hawaii moving across Mexico, down through Central America and across South America ending over Brazil. It lasted for 6 minutes and 53 seconds at the point of maximum eclipse.
IN THIS PICTURE: Young Chinese men buy special sunglasses from a street vendor in preparation for the upcoming total solar eclipse in Enshi city, central Chinas Hubei province, 19 July 2009. " />
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Sun and the Earth so that the Sun is fully or partially covered. A total solar eclipse took place on July 11, 1991, totality beginning over the Pacific Ocean and Hawaii moving across Mexico, down through Central America and across South America ending over Brazil. It lasted for 6 minutes and 53 seconds at the point of maximum eclipse.
IN THIS PICTURE: Young Chinese men buy special sunglasses from a street vendor in preparation for the upcoming total solar eclipse in Enshi city, central Chinas Hubei province, 19 July 2009. [/caption]">

[caption id="attachment_764629"]<img class="size-full wp-image-764629" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/eclipse-10-420_220 .jpg" alt="A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Sun and the Earth so that the Sun is fully or partially covered. A total solar eclipse took place on July 11, 1991, totality beginning over the Pacific Ocean and Hawaii moving across Mexico, down through Central America and across South America ending over Brazil. It lasted for 6 minutes and 53 seconds at the point of maximum eclipse.
IN THIS PICTURE: Young Chinese men buy special sunglasses from a street vendor in preparation for the upcoming total solar eclipse in Enshi city, central Chinas Hubei province, 19 July 2009. " />
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Sun and the Earth so that the Sun is fully or partially covered. A total solar eclipse took place on July 11, 1991, totality beginning over the Pacific Ocean and Hawaii moving across Mexico, down through Central America and across South America ending over Brazil. It lasted for 6 minutes and 53 seconds at the point of maximum eclipse.
IN THIS PICTURE: Young Chinese men buy special sunglasses from a street vendor in preparation for the upcoming total solar eclipse in Enshi city, central Chinas Hubei province, 19 July 2009. [/caption]

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[caption id=<img class="size-full wp-image-764630" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/eclipse-11-420_220 .jpg" alt="A solar eclipse can only happen during a new moon, when the Sun and Moon are in conjunction as seen from the Earth.
IN THIS PICTURE: Chinese visitors look at pictures and introductions of solar eclipse at a total solar eclipse exhibition in Shanghai, China, 11 July 2009. The worlds longest total solar eclipse in 2,000 years will occur from 8:23am to 11:01am Beijing time on July 22 and China will provide the worlds best view." /> A solar eclipse can only happen during a new moon, when the Sun and Moon are in conjunction as seen from the Earth.
IN THIS PICTURE: Chinese visitors look at pictures and introductions of solar eclipse at a total solar eclipse exhibition in Shanghai, China, 11 July 2009. The worlds longest total solar eclipse in 2,000 years will occur from 8:23am to 11:01am Beijing time on July 22 and China will provide the worlds best view.[/caption]" title="[caption id="attachment_764630"]<img class="size-full wp-image-764630" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/eclipse-11-420_220 .jpg" alt="A solar eclipse can only happen during a new moon, when the Sun and Moon are in conjunction as seen from the Earth.
IN THIS PICTURE: Chinese visitors look at pictures and introductions of solar eclipse at a total solar eclipse exhibition in Shanghai, China, 11 July 2009. The worlds longest total solar eclipse in 2,000 years will occur from 8:23am to 11:01am Beijing time on July 22 and China will provide the worlds best view." />
A solar eclipse can only happen during a new moon, when the Sun and Moon are in conjunction as seen from the Earth.
IN THIS PICTURE: Chinese visitors look at pictures and introductions of solar eclipse at a total solar eclipse exhibition in Shanghai, China, 11 July 2009. The worlds longest total solar eclipse in 2,000 years will occur from 8:23am to 11:01am Beijing time on July 22 and China will provide the worlds best view.[/caption]">

[caption id="attachment_764630"]<img class="size-full wp-image-764630" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/eclipse-11-420_220 .jpg" alt="A solar eclipse can only happen during a new moon, when the Sun and Moon are in conjunction as seen from the Earth.
IN THIS PICTURE: Chinese visitors look at pictures and introductions of solar eclipse at a total solar eclipse exhibition in Shanghai, China, 11 July 2009. The worlds longest total solar eclipse in 2,000 years will occur from 8:23am to 11:01am Beijing time on July 22 and China will provide the worlds best view." />
A solar eclipse can only happen during a new moon, when the Sun and Moon are in conjunction as seen from the Earth.
IN THIS PICTURE: Chinese visitors look at pictures and introductions of solar eclipse at a total solar eclipse exhibition in Shanghai, China, 11 July 2009. The worlds longest total solar eclipse in 2,000 years will occur from 8:23am to 11:01am Beijing time on July 22 and China will provide the worlds best view.[/caption]

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[caption id=<img class="size-full wp-image-764631" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/eclipse-3-420_220 .jpg" alt="At least two and up to five solar eclipses can occur each year on Earth, with between zero and two of them being total eclipses. A total eclipse occurs when the Sun is completely obscured by the Moon. The intensely bright disk of the Sun is replaced by the dark silhouette of the Moon, and the much fainter corona is visible. During any one eclipse, totality is visible only from at most a narrow track on the surface of the Earth.
IN THIS PICTURE: The moon passes between the sun and the earth during an annular solar eclipse as seen from Bandar Lampung, Indonesia Lampung province January 26, 2009." /> At least two and up to five solar eclipses can occur each year on Earth, with between zero and two of them being total eclipses. A total eclipse occurs when the Sun is completely obscured by the Moon. The intensely bright disk of the Sun is replaced by the dark silhouette of the Moon, and the much fainter corona is visible. During any one eclipse, totality is visible only from at most a narrow track on the surface of the Earth.
IN THIS PICTURE: The moon passes between the sun and the earth during an annular solar eclipse as seen from Bandar Lampung, Indonesia Lampung province January 26, 2009.[/caption]" title="[caption id="attachment_764631"]<img class="size-full wp-image-764631" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/eclipse-3-420_220 .jpg" alt="At least two and up to five solar eclipses can occur each year on Earth, with between zero and two of them being total eclipses. A total eclipse occurs when the Sun is completely obscured by the Moon. The intensely bright disk of the Sun is replaced by the dark silhouette of the Moon, and the much fainter corona is visible. During any one eclipse, totality is visible only from at most a narrow track on the surface of the Earth.
IN THIS PICTURE: The moon passes between the sun and the earth during an annular solar eclipse as seen from Bandar Lampung, Indonesia Lampung province January 26, 2009." />
At least two and up to five solar eclipses can occur each year on Earth, with between zero and two of them being total eclipses. A total eclipse occurs when the Sun is completely obscured by the Moon. The intensely bright disk of the Sun is replaced by the dark silhouette of the Moon, and the much fainter corona is visible. During any one eclipse, totality is visible only from at most a narrow track on the surface of the Earth.
IN THIS PICTURE: The moon passes between the sun and the earth during an annular solar eclipse as seen from Bandar Lampung, Indonesia Lampung province January 26, 2009.[/caption]">

[caption id="attachment_764631"]<img class="size-full wp-image-764631" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/eclipse-3-420_220 .jpg" alt="At least two and up to five solar eclipses can occur each year on Earth, with between zero and two of them being total eclipses. A total eclipse occurs when the Sun is completely obscured by the Moon. The intensely bright disk of the Sun is replaced by the dark silhouette of the Moon, and the much fainter corona is visible. During any one eclipse, totality is visible only from at most a narrow track on the surface of the Earth.
IN THIS PICTURE: The moon passes between the sun and the earth during an annular solar eclipse as seen from Bandar Lampung, Indonesia Lampung province January 26, 2009." />
At least two and up to five solar eclipses can occur each year on Earth, with between zero and two of them being total eclipses. A total eclipse occurs when the Sun is completely obscured by the Moon. The intensely bright disk of the Sun is replaced by the dark silhouette of the Moon, and the much fainter corona is visible. During any one eclipse, totality is visible only from at most a narrow track on the surface of the Earth.
IN THIS PICTURE: The moon passes between the sun and the earth during an annular solar eclipse as seen from Bandar Lampung, Indonesia Lampung province January 26, 2009.[/caption]

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[caption id=<img class="size-full wp-image-764632" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/eclipse-4-420_220 .jpg" alt="Total solar eclipses are nevertheless rare at any location because during each eclipse totality exists only along a narrow corridor in the relatively tiny area of the Moon's umbra.
IN THIS PICTURE: A tourist watches as the moon passes between the sun and the earth during a partial solar eclipse in Ayutthaya province, 80kms north of Bangkok January 26, 2009." /> Total solar eclipses are nevertheless rare at any location because during each eclipse totality exists only along a narrow corridor in the relatively tiny area of the Moon's umbra.
IN THIS PICTURE: A tourist watches as the moon passes between the sun and the earth during a partial solar eclipse in Ayutthaya province, 80kms north of Bangkok January 26, 2009.[/caption]" title="[caption id="attachment_764632"]<img class="size-full wp-image-764632" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/eclipse-4-420_220 .jpg" alt="Total solar eclipses are nevertheless rare at any location because during each eclipse totality exists only along a narrow corridor in the relatively tiny area of the Moon's umbra.
IN THIS PICTURE: A tourist watches as the moon passes between the sun and the earth during a partial solar eclipse in Ayutthaya province, 80kms north of Bangkok January 26, 2009." />
Total solar eclipses are nevertheless rare at any location because during each eclipse totality exists only along a narrow corridor in the relatively tiny area of the Moon's umbra.
IN THIS PICTURE: A tourist watches as the moon passes between the sun and the earth during a partial solar eclipse in Ayutthaya province, 80kms north of Bangkok January 26, 2009.[/caption]">

[caption id="attachment_764632"]<img class="size-full wp-image-764632" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/eclipse-4-420_220 .jpg" alt="Total solar eclipses are nevertheless rare at any location because during each eclipse totality exists only along a narrow corridor in the relatively tiny area of the Moon's umbra.
IN THIS PICTURE: A tourist watches as the moon passes between the sun and the earth during a partial solar eclipse in Ayutthaya province, 80kms north of Bangkok January 26, 2009." />
Total solar eclipses are nevertheless rare at any location because during each eclipse totality exists only along a narrow corridor in the relatively tiny area of the Moon's umbra.
IN THIS PICTURE: A tourist watches as the moon passes between the sun and the earth during a partial solar eclipse in Ayutthaya province, 80kms north of Bangkok January 26, 2009.[/caption]

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[caption id=<img class="size-full wp-image-764633" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/eclipse-5-420_220 .jpg" alt="A total solar eclipse is a spectacular natural phenomenon and many people travel to remote locations to observe one.
IN THIS PICTURE: Indonesian Muslim men pray near telescopes after watching the solar eclipse in Anyer beach, Indonesia's Banten province January 26, 2009." /> A total solar eclipse is a spectacular natural phenomenon and many people travel to remote locations to observe one.
IN THIS PICTURE: Indonesian Muslim men pray near telescopes after watching the solar eclipse in Anyer beach, Indonesia's Banten province January 26, 2009.[/caption]" title="[caption id="attachment_764633"]<img class="size-full wp-image-764633" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/eclipse-5-420_220 .jpg" alt="A total solar eclipse is a spectacular natural phenomenon and many people travel to remote locations to observe one.
IN THIS PICTURE: Indonesian Muslim men pray near telescopes after watching the solar eclipse in Anyer beach, Indonesia's Banten province January 26, 2009." />
A total solar eclipse is a spectacular natural phenomenon and many people travel to remote locations to observe one.
IN THIS PICTURE: Indonesian Muslim men pray near telescopes after watching the solar eclipse in Anyer beach, Indonesia's Banten province January 26, 2009.[/caption]">

[caption id="attachment_764633"]<img class="size-full wp-image-764633" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/eclipse-5-420_220 .jpg" alt="A total solar eclipse is a spectacular natural phenomenon and many people travel to remote locations to observe one.
IN THIS PICTURE: Indonesian Muslim men pray near telescopes after watching the solar eclipse in Anyer beach, Indonesia's Banten province January 26, 2009." />
A total solar eclipse is a spectacular natural phenomenon and many people travel to remote locations to observe one.
IN THIS PICTURE: Indonesian Muslim men pray near telescopes after watching the solar eclipse in Anyer beach, Indonesia's Banten province January 26, 2009.[/caption]

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[caption id=<img class="size-full wp-image-764634" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/eclipse-6-420_220 .jpg" alt="The 1999 total eclipse in Europe helped to increase public awareness of the phenomenon, as illustrated by the number of journeys made specifically to witness the 2005 annular eclipse and the 2006 total eclipse.
IN THIS PICTURE: The moon passes between the sun and the earth during an annular solar eclipse as seen from Bandar Lampung, Indonesia Lampung province January 26, 2009. An annular eclipse occurs when the Sun and Moon are exactly in line, but the apparent size of the Moon is smaller than that of the Sun. Hence the Sun appears as a very bright ring, or annulus, surrounding the outline of the Moon." /> The 1999 total eclipse in Europe helped to increase public awareness of the phenomenon, as illustrated by the number of journeys made specifically to witness the 2005 annular eclipse and the 2006 total eclipse.
IN THIS PICTURE: The moon passes between the sun and the earth during an annular solar eclipse as seen from Bandar Lampung, Indonesia Lampung province January 26, 2009. An annular eclipse occurs when the Sun and Moon are exactly in line, but the apparent size of the Moon is smaller than that of the Sun. Hence the Sun appears as a very bright ring, or annulus, surrounding the outline of the Moon.[/caption]" title="[caption id="attachment_764634"]<img class="size-full wp-image-764634" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/eclipse-6-420_220 .jpg" alt="The 1999 total eclipse in Europe helped to increase public awareness of the phenomenon, as illustrated by the number of journeys made specifically to witness the 2005 annular eclipse and the 2006 total eclipse.
IN THIS PICTURE: The moon passes between the sun and the earth during an annular solar eclipse as seen from Bandar Lampung, Indonesia Lampung province January 26, 2009. An annular eclipse occurs when the Sun and Moon are exactly in line, but the apparent size of the Moon is smaller than that of the Sun. Hence the Sun appears as a very bright ring, or annulus, surrounding the outline of the Moon." />
The 1999 total eclipse in Europe helped to increase public awareness of the phenomenon, as illustrated by the number of journeys made specifically to witness the 2005 annular eclipse and the 2006 total eclipse.
IN THIS PICTURE: The moon passes between the sun and the earth during an annular solar eclipse as seen from Bandar Lampung, Indonesia Lampung province January 26, 2009. An annular eclipse occurs when the Sun and Moon are exactly in line, but the apparent size of the Moon is smaller than that of the Sun. Hence the Sun appears as a very bright ring, or annulus, surrounding the outline of the Moon.[/caption]">

[caption id="attachment_764634"]<img class="size-full wp-image-764634" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/eclipse-6-420_220 .jpg" alt="The 1999 total eclipse in Europe helped to increase public awareness of the phenomenon, as illustrated by the number of journeys made specifically to witness the 2005 annular eclipse and the 2006 total eclipse.
IN THIS PICTURE: The moon passes between the sun and the earth during an annular solar eclipse as seen from Bandar Lampung, Indonesia Lampung province January 26, 2009. An annular eclipse occurs when the Sun and Moon are exactly in line, but the apparent size of the Moon is smaller than that of the Sun. Hence the Sun appears as a very bright ring, or annulus, surrounding the outline of the Moon." />
The 1999 total eclipse in Europe helped to increase public awareness of the phenomenon, as illustrated by the number of journeys made specifically to witness the 2005 annular eclipse and the 2006 total eclipse.
IN THIS PICTURE: The moon passes between the sun and the earth during an annular solar eclipse as seen from Bandar Lampung, Indonesia Lampung province January 26, 2009. An annular eclipse occurs when the Sun and Moon are exactly in line, but the apparent size of the Moon is smaller than that of the Sun. Hence the Sun appears as a very bright ring, or annulus, surrounding the outline of the Moon.[/caption]

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[caption id=<img class="size-full wp-image-764635" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/eclipse-1-420_220 .jpg" alt="The most recent solar eclipse occurred on January 26, 2009, and was an annular eclipse.
IN THIS PICTURE: A man and his camel walk past as the sun is blocked by the moon during a solar eclipse in Gaotai, Gansu province August 1, 2008." /> The most recent solar eclipse occurred on January 26, 2009, and was an annular eclipse.
IN THIS PICTURE: A man and his camel walk past as the sun is blocked by the moon during a solar eclipse in Gaotai, Gansu province August 1, 2008.[/caption]" title="[caption id="attachment_764635"]<img class="size-full wp-image-764635" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/eclipse-1-420_220 .jpg" alt="The most recent solar eclipse occurred on January 26, 2009, and was an annular eclipse.
IN THIS PICTURE: A man and his camel walk past as the sun is blocked by the moon during a solar eclipse in Gaotai, Gansu province August 1, 2008." />
The most recent solar eclipse occurred on January 26, 2009, and was an annular eclipse.
IN THIS PICTURE: A man and his camel walk past as the sun is blocked by the moon during a solar eclipse in Gaotai, Gansu province August 1, 2008.[/caption]">

[caption id="attachment_764635"]<img class="size-full wp-image-764635" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/eclipse-1-420_220 .jpg" alt="The most recent solar eclipse occurred on January 26, 2009, and was an annular eclipse.
IN THIS PICTURE: A man and his camel walk past as the sun is blocked by the moon during a solar eclipse in Gaotai, Gansu province August 1, 2008." />
The most recent solar eclipse occurred on January 26, 2009, and was an annular eclipse.
IN THIS PICTURE: A man and his camel walk past as the sun is blocked by the moon during a solar eclipse in Gaotai, Gansu province August 1, 2008.[/caption]

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[caption id=<img class="size-full wp-image-764636" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/eclipse-7-420_220 .jpg" alt="A partial eclipse occurs when the Sun and Moon are not exactly in line and the Moon only partially obscures the Sun. This phenomenon can usually be seen from a large part of the Earth outside of the track of an annular or total eclipse. However, some eclipses can only be seen as a partial eclipse, because the umbra never intersects the Earth's surface.
IN THIS PICTURE: A tourist watches a partial solar eclipse in the northern Indian city of Allahabad August 1, 2008. " /> A partial eclipse occurs when the Sun and Moon are not exactly in line and the Moon only partially obscures the Sun. This phenomenon can usually be seen from a large part of the Earth outside of the track of an annular or total eclipse. However, some eclipses can only be seen as a partial eclipse, because the umbra never intersects the Earth's surface.
IN THIS PICTURE: A tourist watches a partial solar eclipse in the northern Indian city of Allahabad August 1, 2008. [/caption]" title="[caption id="attachment_764636"]<img class="size-full wp-image-764636" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/eclipse-7-420_220 .jpg" alt="A partial eclipse occurs when the Sun and Moon are not exactly in line and the Moon only partially obscures the Sun. This phenomenon can usually be seen from a large part of the Earth outside of the track of an annular or total eclipse. However, some eclipses can only be seen as a partial eclipse, because the umbra never intersects the Earth's surface.
IN THIS PICTURE: A tourist watches a partial solar eclipse in the northern Indian city of Allahabad August 1, 2008. " />
A partial eclipse occurs when the Sun and Moon are not exactly in line and the Moon only partially obscures the Sun. This phenomenon can usually be seen from a large part of the Earth outside of the track of an annular or total eclipse. However, some eclipses can only be seen as a partial eclipse, because the umbra never intersects the Earth's surface.
IN THIS PICTURE: A tourist watches a partial solar eclipse in the northern Indian city of Allahabad August 1, 2008. [/caption]">

[caption id="attachment_764636"]<img class="size-full wp-image-764636" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/eclipse-7-420_220 .jpg" alt="A partial eclipse occurs when the Sun and Moon are not exactly in line and the Moon only partially obscures the Sun. This phenomenon can usually be seen from a large part of the Earth outside of the track of an annular or total eclipse. However, some eclipses can only be seen as a partial eclipse, because the umbra never intersects the Earth's surface.
IN THIS PICTURE: A tourist watches a partial solar eclipse in the northern Indian city of Allahabad August 1, 2008. " />
A partial eclipse occurs when the Sun and Moon are not exactly in line and the Moon only partially obscures the Sun. This phenomenon can usually be seen from a large part of the Earth outside of the track of an annular or total eclipse. However, some eclipses can only be seen as a partial eclipse, because the umbra never intersects the Earth's surface.
IN THIS PICTURE: A tourist watches a partial solar eclipse in the northern Indian city of Allahabad August 1, 2008. [/caption]

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[caption id=<img class="size-full wp-image-764637" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/eclipse-8-420_220 .jpg" alt="A hybrid eclipse (also called annular/total eclipse) transitions between a total and annular eclipse. At some points on the surface of the Earth it is visible as a total eclipse, whereas at others it is annular. Hybrid eclipses are comparatively rare.
IN THIS PICTURE: A woman uses X-Ray film to watch a partial solar eclipse in the northern Indian city of Allahabad August 1, 2008. " /> A hybrid eclipse (also called annular/total eclipse) transitions between a total and annular eclipse. At some points on the surface of the Earth it is visible as a total eclipse, whereas at others it is annular. Hybrid eclipses are comparatively rare.
IN THIS PICTURE: A woman uses X-Ray film to watch a partial solar eclipse in the northern Indian city of Allahabad August 1, 2008. [/caption]" title="[caption id="attachment_764637"]<img class="size-full wp-image-764637" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/eclipse-8-420_220 .jpg" alt="A hybrid eclipse (also called annular/total eclipse) transitions between a total and annular eclipse. At some points on the surface of the Earth it is visible as a total eclipse, whereas at others it is annular. Hybrid eclipses are comparatively rare.
IN THIS PICTURE: A woman uses X-Ray film to watch a partial solar eclipse in the northern Indian city of Allahabad August 1, 2008. " />
A hybrid eclipse (also called annular/total eclipse) transitions between a total and annular eclipse. At some points on the surface of the Earth it is visible as a total eclipse, whereas at others it is annular. Hybrid eclipses are comparatively rare.
IN THIS PICTURE: A woman uses X-Ray film to watch a partial solar eclipse in the northern Indian city of Allahabad August 1, 2008. [/caption]">

[caption id="attachment_764637"]<img class="size-full wp-image-764637" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/eclipse-8-420_220 .jpg" alt="A hybrid eclipse (also called annular/total eclipse) transitions between a total and annular eclipse. At some points on the surface of the Earth it is visible as a total eclipse, whereas at others it is annular. Hybrid eclipses are comparatively rare.
IN THIS PICTURE: A woman uses X-Ray film to watch a partial solar eclipse in the northern Indian city of Allahabad August 1, 2008. " />
A hybrid eclipse (also called annular/total eclipse) transitions between a total and annular eclipse. At some points on the surface of the Earth it is visible as a total eclipse, whereas at others it is annular. Hybrid eclipses are comparatively rare.
IN THIS PICTURE: A woman uses X-Ray film to watch a partial solar eclipse in the northern Indian city of Allahabad August 1, 2008. [/caption]

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[caption id=<img class="size-full wp-image-764638" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/eclipse-2-420_220 .jpg" alt="In ancient times, and in some cultures today, solar eclipses have been attributed to supernatural causes. Total solar eclipses can be frightening for people who are unaware of their astronomical explanation, as the Sun seems to disappear in the middle of the day and the sky darkens in a matter of minutes.
IN THIS PICTURE: The diamond ring effect is seen during a solar eclipse above River Ob in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, August 1, 2008. For the thousands who flocked from around the world to Novosibirsk, awe mixed with excitement as day turned into night. They gazed in wonder as an eerie silence descended on the Siberian city and gusts of unusually strong wind tore through the crowd. Birds stopped chirping and the temperature suddenly dropped." /> In ancient times, and in some cultures today, solar eclipses have been attributed to supernatural causes. Total solar eclipses can be frightening for people who are unaware of their astronomical explanation, as the Sun seems to disappear in the middle of the day and the sky darkens in a matter of minutes.
IN THIS PICTURE: The diamond ring effect is seen during a solar eclipse above River Ob in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, August 1, 2008. For the thousands who flocked from around the world to Novosibirsk, awe mixed with excitement as day turned into night. They gazed in wonder as an eerie silence descended on the Siberian city and gusts of unusually strong wind tore through the crowd. Birds stopped chirping and the temperature suddenly dropped.[/caption]" title="[caption id="attachment_764638"]<img class="size-full wp-image-764638" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/eclipse-2-420_220 .jpg" alt="In ancient times, and in some cultures today, solar eclipses have been attributed to supernatural causes. Total solar eclipses can be frightening for people who are unaware of their astronomical explanation, as the Sun seems to disappear in the middle of the day and the sky darkens in a matter of minutes.
IN THIS PICTURE: The diamond ring effect is seen during a solar eclipse above River Ob in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, August 1, 2008. For the thousands who flocked from around the world to Novosibirsk, awe mixed with excitement as day turned into night. They gazed in wonder as an eerie silence descended on the Siberian city and gusts of unusually strong wind tore through the crowd. Birds stopped chirping and the temperature suddenly dropped." />
In ancient times, and in some cultures today, solar eclipses have been attributed to supernatural causes. Total solar eclipses can be frightening for people who are unaware of their astronomical explanation, as the Sun seems to disappear in the middle of the day and the sky darkens in a matter of minutes.
IN THIS PICTURE: The diamond ring effect is seen during a solar eclipse above River Ob in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, August 1, 2008. For the thousands who flocked from around the world to Novosibirsk, awe mixed with excitement as day turned into night. They gazed in wonder as an eerie silence descended on the Siberian city and gusts of unusually strong wind tore through the crowd. Birds stopped chirping and the temperature suddenly dropped.[/caption]">

[caption id="attachment_764638"]<img class="size-full wp-image-764638" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/eclipse-2-420_220 .jpg" alt="In ancient times, and in some cultures today, solar eclipses have been attributed to supernatural causes. Total solar eclipses can be frightening for people who are unaware of their astronomical explanation, as the Sun seems to disappear in the middle of the day and the sky darkens in a matter of minutes.
IN THIS PICTURE: The diamond ring effect is seen during a solar eclipse above River Ob in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, August 1, 2008. For the thousands who flocked from around the world to Novosibirsk, awe mixed with excitement as day turned into night. They gazed in wonder as an eerie silence descended on the Siberian city and gusts of unusually strong wind tore through the crowd. Birds stopped chirping and the temperature suddenly dropped." />
In ancient times, and in some cultures today, solar eclipses have been attributed to supernatural causes. Total solar eclipses can be frightening for people who are unaware of their astronomical explanation, as the Sun seems to disappear in the middle of the day and the sky darkens in a matter of minutes.
IN THIS PICTURE: The diamond ring effect is seen during a solar eclipse above River Ob in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, August 1, 2008. For the thousands who flocked from around the world to Novosibirsk, awe mixed with excitement as day turned into night. They gazed in wonder as an eerie silence descended on the Siberian city and gusts of unusually strong wind tore through the crowd. Birds stopped chirping and the temperature suddenly dropped.[/caption]

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