It will be the longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century.
Nobody alive today will ever see such an event again. Most people have never even observed a total eclipse of the Sun.
Total eclipses of the Sun produce one of nature's most awe-inspiring spectacles. The sight and feelings of such an eclipse cannot be adequately described in words, pictures or video, an event that often brings chills and tears once seen and felt.
The total solar eclipse of July 2009 will be visible across south-east Asia and the western Pacific. This will be a spectacular total eclipse, lasting over a stunning6� minutes at maximum and visible to millions of people over a path up to km wide.
This will be the longest of the 21st century. The next eclipse to exceed this duration will not be until .