Asia seen for the longest solar eclipseBlog, Thursday, October 27, 2011 12:05:56
Longest total eclipse of the 21st century immersed in darkness China and India - the two most populous countries on the planet, and thus improve the two records simultaneously - one for the duration of the phenomenon itself and that the number of viewers who will watch, forward said. Eclipse is expected to continue for 5 minutes.
It started from Khambha, India, move in Nepal, Burma, Bangladesh, to be seen from the southern Japanese island, a last point is Nikumaroro Island in South Pacific. The event can be seen in part from all parts of Asia. Tourist agency "Cox n Kings" hired hand "Boeing 737", which follows closely the solar eclipse. He took off from Delhi before sunrise, intercept airborne solar eclipse at an altitude of 12,500 meters and will accompany him tightly to the east, until the state of Bihar, reported AFP. 21 seats in the airplane from the country of the Rising Sun have been sold for the sum of 1200 each. Indian Air Force also used two military planes filled with scientists to observe the solar eclipse on Tuesday. The plane flew at an altitude of 7570 meters above the monsoon clouds, which could spoil the pleasure of the sight. Mirage-2000 aircraft will follow the path of the eclipse, the people on board will make as many pictures of the phenomenon. In the Indian city of Varanasi and Kurukshetra even millions of Indian pilgrims bathe in the waters of the sacred River Ganges and the sacred lakes to purify the harmful effects which, according to Indian astrologers are the Sun during the eclipse. Astronomers hope the clouds do not interfere with spectacular views. Scientists and amateurs from around the world will gather together to witness the event. Indian astrologers warned that the suspension on Wednesday by millions eclipse will bring bad luck. Hindus believe that such phenomena are harbingers of misfortune and terrible natural disasters. In one of the holy cities - Varanasi on the banks of the great river Ganges, astrologers turned to believers advice on how to avoid the worst effects of the celestial phenomenon. Hindus believe that life in the sun depends on two evil planets - Rahu and Ketu causing the eclipse. Therefore, pregnant women were advised to stay home to avoid sharp objects and to pronounce the name of the god of the sun.
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