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Solar eclipse of July 22, 2009

We viewed the total solar eclipse from Anqing instead of our originally-planned Suzhou because of rain in Suzhou. We got on a charter bus at 2 AM to drive for six hours to Anqing where the weather maps indicated that we might have clearer skies. We did but not clear enough to see totality. We did experience the sudden onset of night and the just as rapid return to daylight. Here are my best pictures of the eclipse before and after totality. I also took video of the surroundings during the onset of totality and return to daylight. I'll get that posted sometime in the future. Select a thumbnail image to bring up a larger version of the image plus commentary. You can use the navigation buttons in the top left of the window to go through the pictures as well.