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Old 21st July 2009, 10:38   #1
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Default Eclipse of the century on July 22nd

I am sure most of you are aware of this solar eclipse. Such a long eclipse won't be here for more than a 100 years more.
The best play to view this is in Bihar, but Delhi will also get 83%
For full detail : http://www.imd.gov.in/doc/solar.pdf
First 2 pages are in Hindi, and English starts after that. All major towns and times mentioned.
They even have a forecast for the weather FORECAST FOR THE PATH OF TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE ON 22ND July, 2009
Have been waiting for rains in Delhi which have not come properly till now, hope its sunny tomorrow morning!
Plan to wake up quarter to 6 and stay up till 7 to view the eclipse.
It will peak around 6:30am I think.
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For BOmbayites, the nearest total eclipse point is Surat, but it is pouring there and there is unlikely to be any sighting with the overcast skies.

For Delhiites, Bhopal is a day's drive and so is Varanasi, maybe the best places to view the total eclipse.

We in Bombay are praying that it does not rain on the 3 days after the eclipse because high tides are predicted and flooding can be bad.

Anyone driving out of their how bases to see the total eclipse?
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A village neat Patna is supposedly the best place on earth to see the eclipse. Since it is happening in the wee hours of the morning it is supposed to be a rather large image of the sun as opposed to what its size is around noon.
This information is also based on the days' weather as it will be hardly cloudy over there.

In Varanasi, it will be great to experience the eclipse by the banks of the river.
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I think this eclipse will be seen very well in Vadodara and Surat. I seriously hope that clouds dont play spoilsport. Today the local Gujarati newspaper is all about this eclipse and nothing else.
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Hehe, check this out. I got it in an email.
Doomsday prophets working overtime!
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LOL. all that will happen is a high tide. But life would be so boring without doomsday prophets.
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Dept of Tourism, Govt of Gujarat and Surat Municipal Corp are doing some stuff on the day. They have hosted website also for it.
Solar Eclipse Tours, View the total solar eclipse on July 22 in Surat City

For anyone who plans to view the eclipse, it would be useful to go through the safety instructions for safe viewing. Number 14 welder's glasses are going to be in demand
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Hehe, check this out. I got it in an email.
Doomsday prophets working overtime!
Got the same mail. I am sure lot of our brethren in chennai and other coastal areas would have got this and must be paranoid about what is going to happen tommorow. Would be interesting to note how many of them have taken it seriously. I am sure the beaches are going to be pretty much empty and maybe the attendence to schools and offices will be short tommorow. Anywz fact of the matter is that universe works in such mysterious ways that you cant even rule the same out just like that. Any scientist out here in the forum that can help clarify if the eclipse can result in a quake and eventually a sunami ?
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I have a silly question to ask,

If people were flying within india that morning is there a possibility that they can be seeing this in the flight?
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I remember the total solar eclipse that took place sometime in the seventies. We had travelled to the Rangapur observatory. What a sight. As the sun got eclipsed a dark shadow covered the earth and then like a flash you could see the "diamond ring" as the moon moved across.
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If the flightpath crosses the eclipse, and your window faces the sun, why not?
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I think it is not safe to see eclipse through naked eyes. Heard that many time.

Has this philosophy changed this time ?
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Yes, its not safe to look at the sun with a naked eye. But early morning sun should be okay, i,e just at sunrise, but as sun goes up, its best to look away or use Welders glasses.
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I understand that Jet Airways has a special flight from Delhi - the route will be along the line of the eclipse! It will fly at around 41,000 feet and hover around the region of the eclipse.
Tickets on the eclipse side are priced at INR 79,000/- !!!
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Tickets on the eclipse side are priced at INR 79,000/- !!!


And thats the first joke i heard about the eclipse.
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