Casting two billion people into total or partial darkness in China and India, the world’s two most populous countries, this will have been the most witnessed eclipse in history.
The eclipse – caused when the moon moves directly between the sun and the earth, covering it completely to cast a shadow on earth – lasted almost 4 minutes in India. In some parts of Asia it lasted as long as 6 minutes and 39 seconds.
It is the longest since July 11, 1991, when a total eclipse lasting six minutes, 53 seconds was visible from Hawaii to South America. There will not be a longer eclipse than today’s until 2132.
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