Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Shrouded with Darkness




Millions of Asians turned their eyes skyward Wednesday as dawn suddenly turned to darkness across the continent in the longest total solar eclipse of this century.

The eclipse is the longest since July 11, 1991, when a total eclipse lasting 6 minutes, 53 seconds was visible from Hawaii to South America. There will not be a longer eclipse than Wednesday's until 2132.

The celestial event was met by a mixture of awe, excitement and fear. -Yahoo News!


And it’s history, today was the record-breaking Longest Total Solar Eclipse ever experienced by the Human race - 6 minutes and 39 seconds total at its maximum point.

Most only experienced a partial eclipse like us in the Philippines, but regardless, it was still an experience we will treasure and pass on to the next generation.

It so happened that I first read it on Reader's Digest month of July edition. I was excited and really planned to watch it since I don't have class this week. Actually, it's not about curiosity why I'm very excited. It's just, I want to see something bizarre this year.

I woke up early in the morning just to witness the bizarre, once in a lifetime phenomenon. The eclipse started at exactly 8:33:01 a.m., with maximum visibility at 9:43 a.m and ends at 11:01:51 a.m. I was really excited (as you can imagine) that I prepared my digicam and a camera film just to watch it.

I feel the thrill and excitement though I'm here in the Philippines. How much more if I'm in India where the total eclipse is very visible in the dawn, or in China, Bangladesh and Japan? Which the Solar eclipse shrouds some parts of Asia in cloak of darkness? Maybe I'll be jumpin' and jumpin' because of the excitement or drop my jaw because Total eclipses of the sun are breathtaking, jaw-dropping.


Although partial in a sense (here in the Philippines), this phenomenon is still a sight to behold. During a partial eclipse the moon never completely covers the Sun. The sky never darkens. The corona never appears. But something wonderful does happen. Little crescents pop up everywhere.

Partial Eclipse: photo taken July 22, 2009 by ME



I took this picture with my digicam covering the lens with a camera film. Hmmm... this is the reason why it has a red background. Next time I will buy a powerful camera to capture good moments like this. Or any sponsor outhere who wants to share or offer or give their 'extra' camera??? hehe...Thanks in advance! lols...

Thus, I say, A total eclipse can change your life.

Partial eclipses, on the other hand, are just plain fun. *wink*


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1 comments:

UPrinting on July 23, 2009 at 1:31 PM said...

Wow, this is certainly a unique and special moment, one that not a lot of people will get to experience in their lifetimes. Glad that you shared this with us, good thing you were able to get some photos, those are amazing :)

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