The total phase or totality lasts a remarkable 1 hour and 47 minutes. This is within seconds of the theoretical maximum duration. A total eclipse hasn't lasted this long since 1859 and it will not be equaled again for over a thousand years! Totality lasts so extrodinarily long because the Moon passes almost exactly through the center of Earth's umbral shadow. Such near perfect geometry is very rare.
|Lens :||Prime Focus f4 800mm Newtonian telescope|
|Exposure Time :||1/500 second to 2 seconds at mid eclipse|
|Film :||Fuji Superia 400|
|Date :||16 July 2000|
|Location :||Wellington, New Zealand|