A total solar eclipse began its flight on Wednesday across a narrow path of Asia, where it was expected to darken the skies for millions of people for more than six minutes in some places. China is the best place in the world to observe the longest total solar eclipse in 2,000 years that will fall on July 22 and last for more than two hours, scientists say.
Local citizens watch the sketch maps illustrating the whole process of the full solar eclipse, during a popular science exhibition on the introduction to the forthcoming 2009 Full Solar Eclipse at the Shanghai Science & Technology Museum, in Shanghai, east China, July 11, 2009. The upcoming full solar eclipse, predicted to betide on July 22 and believed to be the longest of its kind in 500 years, will be visible in most parts of the Shanghai Municipality. (http://www.chinadaily.com.cn)
Chen Yinghua (R) shows her embroidery “Total Solar Eclipse” in Suzhou City of east China’s Jiangsu Province, July 7, 2009. Recently finished by embroidery master Chen Yinghua after a total of 120 days’ work, the embroidery “Total Solar Eclipse” will be displayed on an academic meeting on solar coronal dynamics hosted by the International Astronomical Union in Suzhou.