China and Asia experienced the longest solar eclipse of the centaury, which lasted 6 minutes and 39 seconds at its longest. Large areas of India and China plunged into darkness this morning.
In China, Shanghai, together with Wuhan and Chongqing further to the West, was set out by enthusiasts as one of the best spots to watch the occurrence of the eclipse.
Though there was not a perfect sky for viewing the solar eclipse, in some areas the clouds lightened towards the totality of the eclipse. Heavy rain and an overcast sky prevented thousands of Chinese who took to the streets from seeing the corona effect around the moon.
Chinese astronomers said whilst the clouded view ruined the party for many, the phenomenon raised public awareness of space and science.