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Cloud cover left thousands of people gathered in this city of India's eastern state of Bihar, Taregna, touted the best place to watch the century's longest total solar eclipse, disappointed Wednesday but the momentary darkness that enveloped the town was enough to cheer the onlookers who burst into a collective applause.
This nondescript sub divisional town, 30 km from Patna, where ancient astronomer Aryabhatta (476 AD) had set up an observatory to track the movement of stars, was considered the best place to view the event and drew the most footfalls from home and abroad.

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Damp squib for India eclipse watchers
Tens of thousands of people walked away disappointed from the best place in India to watch the solar eclipse after an overcast sky came in the way. Amarnath Tewary reports from Taregna in Bihar.
The sky watchers were let down by the weather gods.

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Asia swathed in darkness with the longest total eclipse of the century
Tourists, astronomers and residents across a large swath of Asia turned their eyes to the heavens today as the longest eclipse of the 21st century arrived.
Viewing for many was marred by heavy clouds and rain, but the drama of the total eclipse - as darkness swept a narrow path across the continent - was unmistakable.
Jiaxing in Zhejiang province, picked out by China's National Astronomical Observatory as one of the best spots to view the phenomenon, was drenched by rain after days of fine weather. Forecasters had warned all eight of the selected sites could suffer bad weather.

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World views first total solar eclipse in years
Schoolchildren cheered as the first total eclipse in years plunged Ghana into daytime darkness Wednesday, a solar show sweeping northeast from Brazil to Mongolia.
As the heavens and Earth moved into rare alignment, all that could be seen of the sun were the rays of its corona -- the usually invisible extended atmosphere of the sun that glowed a dull yellow for about three minutes, barely illuminating the west African nation.

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Watch live webcast of total solar eclipse at Griffith Observatory July 21, 2009
In case you didnt make it out to Asia or the Pacific islands to watch the total solar eclipse, we want to remind you that Griffith Observatory right here in Los Angeles is showing a live webcast of the event on Tuesday July 21, 2009 (the official date for the eclipse is July 22, 2009, across the international date line). The live webcast from Griffith will show the eclipse from an island near Shanghai, China, and include some commentary from curators at the observatory.

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July eclipse is best chance to look for gravity anomaly
From remote observatories on the Tibetan plateau to a cave in a Shanghai suburb, Chinese researchers are poised to conduct an audacious once-in-a-century experiment. The plan is to test a controversial theory: the possibility that gravity drops slightly during a total eclipse.
Geophysicists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences are preparing an unprecedented array of highly sensitive instruments at six sites across the country to take gravity readings during the total eclipse due to pass over southern China on 22 July. The results, which will be analysed in the coming months, could confirm once and for all that anomalous fluctuations observed during past eclipses are real.

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As astronomers and amateur stargazers stare heavenward at the total solar eclipse in eastern China Wednesday, at least one group of visitors, keepers and zoologists will be peering horizontally through the brief blackout at captive animals.
The city zoo in Changzhou, one of the best locations for seeing the total eclipse, will assemble elephants, monkeys and other animals deemed easy to control, to record the animals reaction to the disturbing changes of light and temperature during the eclipse.

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Total Solar Eclipse 2009 India and Southern Asia
July 22, 2009 Total Eclipse of the Sun (animated)

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The longest total solar eclipse this century will begin on July 22 in India, sweeping east across China and into the Pacific Ocean. Blogging about the event for TierneyLab is Jay M. Pasachoff, a Williams College astronomer and veteran eclipse chaser who has planted himself and some colleagues on a mountain outside Hangzhou, China, to see and study the eclipse.
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