Total Solar Eclipse, July 22 2009

On Wednesday, 2009 July 22, a total eclipse of the Sun was visible from within a narrow corridor that traversed half of Earth. The path of the Moon’s umbral shadow began in India and crossed through Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and China. After leaving mainland Asia, the path crossed Japan’s Ryukyu Islands and curved southeast through the Pacific Ocean where the maximum duration of totality reached 6 min 39 s. A partial eclipse was seen within the much broader path of the Moon’s penumbral shadow, which includesd most of eastern Asia, Indonesia, and the Pacific Ocean. (source:

Following are the images of the total solar eclipse on July 22, 2009 in Thimphu, Bhutan.

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Photographs: Pema Gyamtsho (RSPN)