Total Solar Eclipse of 2009 July 22
in Japan, China and the Marshall Islands
After leading a tour to Tibet up to Mount Everest base camp, I came back in the Shanghai area, on Yangshan Island, to observe the 2009 July 22 total solar eclipse at its longest duration in China. Unfortunately weather conditions started to worsen on July 21st. On the eve of the eclipse during our Eclipse-City InterSoles conference, we decided to inform the participants that we were offering a last minute relocation to Chongqing for those wishing to optimize their chances. Those who went to Chongqing had a fairly clear view of the eclipse, while the others mainly saw darkness for nearly six minutes… Eclipse observations from Iwo Jima island in Japan and Enewetak atoll in the Marshall Islands were both successful.