Asia Watches Lengthy Solar EclipseWorld | July 22, 2009, Wednesday // 08:33| views
The eclipse could first be seen early on Wednesday in eastern India, though in some regions there was thick cloud. Photo by akademifantasia.org
People in Asia have seen the longest total solar eclipse this century, with large areas of India and China plunged into darkness.
Amateur stargazers and scientists travelled far to see the eclipse, which lasted for about five minutes, the BBC reported.
The eclipse could first be seen early on Wednesday in eastern India, though in some regions there was thick cloud.
It then moved east across India, Nepal, Burma, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China and the Pacific.
The eclipse first became total over India at 0053GMT. It will cross some southern Japanese islands and was last visible from land at Nikumaroro Island in the South Pacific nation of Kiribati. It ended at 0418GMT.
Elsewhere, a partial eclipse was visible across much of Asia.
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