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Chinese Total Solar Eclipse
(c) 2009 Dennis Mammana/    All rights reserved.

On the morning of July 22, 2009, the moon appeared to drift in front of the sun, creating an eclipse of the sun over the Zhenjiang Pavilion in Yichang, China.  During totality, the moon completely blocked out the sun's disk, allowing its outer atmosphere, the corona, to shine forth. At that time, the sky took on the appearance of twilight.  Below the eclipse appears the planet Mercury.

Though our plans were to be in Wuhan for the eclipse, bad weather forced our cruise along the Yangtze River to change itineraries and take us to a clear site.  As it turned out, Wuhan was clouded out and we had perfectly clear skies!

The next total solar eclipse occurs in November of 2012, and we'll be Down Under for the great event.  Join me for that exciting event... if you've never experienced "totality," you really don't know how remarkably alien it is!

   Date / Time: July 22, 2009 / 9:23:48 CST (GMT+8)
   Photo Details: Canon 20D, Canon 14mm f/2.8L lens, ISO 200, 1.3 second exposure at f/5.6
   Processing Details: Capture One 4.8.3, Noise Ninja 2.3.2, Photoshop CS2
   Location: Zhenjiang Pavilion, Yichang, China


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