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Longest total solar eclipse in 500 years

Updated: 2009-07-22 17:35

A total solar eclipse was viewed at 9:15 a.m. in many places along the upper stream of China's longest river of the Yangtze.

The moon shadow fully blocked the sun, and gazers could clearly enjoy the aura of solar corona in observation sites in west China's Chongqing Municipality and Guang'an City in neighboring Sichuan Province.

The cities turned off many landscape light for the convenience of the full solar eclipse, which lasted about four minutes.

Gazers also thronged to the banks of the Yellow and Yangtze rivers Wednesday morning in northwestern Lanzhou and central Wuhan cities as the moon started to shadow the sun at 8:15 a.m..

Partial solar eclipse started at 8:01'27 a.m. in Cona County, Tibet in southwest China.

The county was one of the first places in the country to view the solar eclipse. followed by northwestern Yunnan, Sichuan, Chongqing, Hubei, Anhui, Jiangsu, Shanghai and Zhejiang.

Editor: Huan CAO | Source: CCTV.com