The 2009 eclipse was the longest of the century with almost six minutes of totality at our observing site near Shanghai. This trip featured many of the favorite China destinations
From the Forbidden City and Great Wall in Beijing to Xi'an's Terra Cotta soldiers and a
Yangtze River cruise from Chongqing to Wuhan, followed by a visit to the Shanghai area
for the best viewing of this very special solar eclipse.
This eclipse adventure was offered by the Houston Museum of Natural Science and arranged by Easton Resource Development, Inc., a company specializing in educational exchange programs with China.
The eclipse trip included pre-trip briefings at the Museum and Planetarium, covering
topics from Chinese culture and history to observation simulations for the solar eclipse and
even practiced speaking Mandarin. Since this was a summer trip, there were special briefings
for teachers and for families.