Of course, I have planned my recent trip to China to coincide with this event which I have waited to watch for 10 years. The total solar eclipse happened on 22 July 2009. It will be another 300 years to the future to see the total solar eclipse in Shanghai again. There are good and bad news for me to watching the event. The bad news was that we could not see the sun in the Pudong skyline. It was raining and we hoped for a miracle. The good news was that we could observe the effects brought by the totality phase of the solar eclipse, i.e. when the sun was fully covered by the moon. The whole city went from daylight to night and then back. Although I did not get to see the diamond ring effect this time round, but good things are worth the wait.