The maps below provide information on typical climate conditions at various points along the centre line of the 2009 Solar Eclipse. Images are reproduced courtesy of Jay Anderson.
The path of the eclipse will include India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, China, southern Japan and the Marshall and Gilbert Islands as well as many smaller islands in the Pacific Ocean Of the land areas from where totality is visible.
NASA have published an interactive Google map of the eclipse.
Eclipse maps are reproduced courtesy of Fred Espenak - NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center.
The total eclipse of 22 July 2009 will be visible to millions of people accross India, south-east Asia and the western Pacific.
At it's peak, the eclipse will last 6 minutes 38 seconds and cover 258 km in width.
|Beginning of the general eclipse||23:58:18 (Jul 21)|
|Beginning of the total eclipse||00:51:16|
|Beginning of the central eclipse||00:54:31|
|End of the central eclipse||04:16:13|
|End of the total eclipse||04:19:26|
|End of the general eclipse||05:12:25|
There aren't many places to see the 2009 total solar eclipse in Japan on land. Toshima Village (Tokara Islands) is made of twelve small islands is the main place with long totality. Access will be determined by ballot and I expect the ballot to be many times over-subscribed.
Kinki Nippon Tourist (Kintetsu International), have a monopoly on tours to the Tokara Islands during eclipse time. At the time of writing, prices would range from Y342,000 up to Y417,000 for 4 to 10 day trips. 24-types of trip are available. Registration for the ballots is only possible through the KNT website
There will also be a Total Solar Eclipse Live Music Festival at the north-side of Amami-Oshima.
Toshima Village means Tokara archipelago, i.e. 7 inhabited islands and 5 uninhabited islets, from north to south,
In India, the 2009 total solar eclipse is visible from quite a range of places. For these ideas have simply endeavoured to put together a couple of suggestions for a schedule which will include the solar eclipse. No consideration has been given to any other aspects of the eclipse. Your precise location for seeing the eclipse will depend on where/when you want to arrive/depart etc.
The cities of Bahvnagar, Surat, Indore, Murwara, Varanasi, Aurangabad and Patna all lie in the path of totality. Of these, Surat, the second largest city in Gujrat, is right on the centre line.
Most international arrivals will probably be either in Mumbai, Delhi or Kolkata (Calcutta) Airports. Given the path of eclipse, arrival in any of these airports is a practical option if you want to experience totality in India.
There are numerous possibilities for building a trip in India which incorporate the 2009 Eclipse. Of the cities mentioned previously, Patna should give the longest period of totality, although Sasaram is about half-way to Varanasi (which will also experience totality) and is slap bang on the centre line. If you're planning to arrive or depart from Kolkata this area is probably excellent to experience the eclipse from. Varanasi is a must stop if you're viewing the eclipse from here as it one of the holiest places in all of Hinduism.
For first time visitors to India arriving or departing from New Delhi must consider going to Agra, home to the world famous Taj Mahal, which was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Also for Delhi arrivals and departures, consider visiting the Rajastani cities of Udaipur and Jaipur.
With a Delhi/Calcutta open-jaw, you can do Agra, Lucknow, Varanasi, Sasaram and Patna between the two cities, taking in the eclipse in one of the latter three cities.
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Mark Sukhija is a travel and wine blogger, photographer, tourism researcher, hat-touting, white-shirt-wearing, New Zealand fantatic and eclipse chaser. Aside from at least annual visits to New Zealand, Mark has seen eclipses in South Australia (2002), Libya (2006), China (2009) and Queensland (2012). After twelve years in Switzerland, Mark moved back to London in 2012. You can follow Mark on Twitter or Facebook