The Longest Total Solar Eclipse of the Century!

Longest Solar Eclipse of this century
Longest Solar Eclipse of this century
On July 22nd, tons of tourists traveled to Varanasi, India, and gathered on the banks of the Ganges River, as well as eastern China and Nepal. Why were they all there? To witness the longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century! The eclipse lasted a total of 6 minutes and 39 seconds off the coast of Southeast Asia and was the second of three eclipses in a one month period. This eclipse won’t be surpassed until June of 2132…pretty far away!
So what exactly is a solar eclipse? It’s when the moon passes between the Sun and the Earth so that the Sun is fully or partially covered. In the case of a total solar eclipse, which the one on July 22nd was, the entire Sun is covered, darkening the area so that it looks like night. Although solar eclipses can happen somewhat regularly, a total solar eclipse is considered to be a spectacular natural phenomenon, with many people traveling to remote locations to observe one.
There’s also some superstition associated with solar eclipses. Before the scientific reasoning behind them was discovered, some people attributed them to supernatural causes. Even during this recent total solar eclipse, many people Varanasi, India, gathered as a spiritual event, believing that there would be a relationship, either positive or negative, between their health and the occurrence of the eclipse. But for many others, the total solar eclipse was enjoyable for pure scientific fascination. It must be amazing to get the chance to witness something so rare. However, it’s important to know that you can NEVER see any solar eclipse with your bare eyes, since staring directly at the sun, even if it’s for a few seconds, can damage them. People viewing a solar eclipse must wear special eye protection. Even though viewing a solar eclipse must be amazing, it’s not worth losing your vision for the rest of your life!
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