Wed., July 22, 2009, a total eclipse of the sun was visible from
within a narrow corridor that traverses half of Earth. The path of the
eclipse began in India and crosses through Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan,
Myanmar (Burma) and China. After leaving mainland Asia, the path
crosses Japan's Ryukyu Islands and curves southeast through the Pacific
Ocean. This is the longest total solar eclipse that will occur during
the 21st century, and will not be surpassed in duration until June 13,
2132. Totality will last for up to 6 minutes and 39 seconds.