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Eclipse best view: China

CHINA is the best place in the world to observe the longest total solar eclipse in 2,000 years, which will last up to six minutes on July 22, Chinese scientists said yesterday.

The eclipse would begin at about 8am and the sun will be partially eclipsed for two hours, said Li Ding, director of the Bureau of Basic Sciences at the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

He called it "the most important and spectacular of its kind in this century."

In a total solar eclipse, the sun, the moon and the Earth are directly aligned as the earth swings into the cone of shadow cast by the moon.

Observers on the Earth will see the intensely bright disk of the sun replaced by the silhouette of the moon, surrounded by a much fainter corona. Eye protection is necessary when viewing a solar eclipse.

The path of the moon's shadow would begin in India, and cross Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Myanmar, before it covers China's southern Tibet, central Sichuan Province, southern Hubei, Hunan, Anhui and Jiangsu provinces, northern Zhejiang Province and Shanghai.


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