India to southern Japan through Shanghai will be plunged into darkness for 6 minutes and 39 seconds on Wednesday, July 22 in the longest total solar eclipse that will occur in this 21st century.
The eclipse will appear first at dawn in India’s Gulf of Khambhat just north of Mumbai. It will move east across India, Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China and Japan before crossing into the Pacific.
Japan, which hasn’t seen a total eclipse for 46 years, will celebrate the occasion with grand fireworks.
For astronomers, it will be a chance for a prolonged view of the sun’s corona, a white ring 1 million km. from the earth’s surface. Scientists are hoping data from the eclipse will help explain solar flares and other structures of the sun and why they erupt.
Meanwhile, astrologers are worried about the eclipse and are busy predicting disasters and an impending doomsday.