The July 22, 2009, total solar eclipse begins at sunrise in India, and from there the Moon's shadow zips across eastern Asia. The track crosses China for much of the morning before leaving the mainland near Shanghai. Observers just south of this city will experience nearly 6 minutes of totality. The track then moves out over the Pacific Ocean. Maximum eclipse occurs about 195 miles east of Iwo Jima, where observers will see the Sun disappear for 6 minutes and 39 seconds.Astronomy
magazine Editor David J. Eicher and Senior Editor Richard Talcott will witness the eclipse while cruising the Yangtze River
Senior Editor Michael E. Bakich will watch the event from Nine Dragons Resort in Jiaxing, China.
All three will file regular updates and images from their trips.