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January 26, 2009 — Annular Solar Eclipse

The year 2009 features a range of eclipses, starting with an annular solar eclipse on January 26. This particular eclipse is visible from an area that covers the Indian Ocean and western Indonesia.

Was this Annular Solar Eclipse visible in Washington DC?

What the Eclipse Looked Like Near the Maximum Point

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Where the Eclipse Was Seen

Regions that saw at least a partial eclipse: South/East Asia, Australia, South/East Africa, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Antarctica.

The eclipse's path

The eclipse can be seen in the southern third of Africa, Madagascar, many parts of Australia (except Tasmania), south-east India, and south-east Asia and Indonesia.

According to Harrington (1997), the cities of Kotabumi and Telukbetung in Indonesia experience more than six minutes of annularity while Krakatoa (or Krakatau), which is closer to the shadow’s edge, experiences less than five minutes of annularity. The town of Sampit, in Indonesia’s central Kalimantan province, and Samarinda, the capital of the Indonesian province of East Kalimantan, witness a lopsided ring-of-fire sunset eclipse as they are located near the southern extreme of annularity.

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Was this eclipse visible in Washington DC?

Solar Eclipse Path

Area that saw the annular solar eclipse.

More than 90% of the sun was covered.

Up to 90% of the sun was covered.

Up to 40% of the sun was covered.

Eclipse was not visible at all.

Shades of darkness


Astronomical Twilight (Sun was 12 - 18 degrees below the horizon).

Nautical Twilight (Sun was 6 - 12 degrees below the horizon).

Civil Twilight (Sun was 0 - 6 degrees below the horizon).


Area that saw the annular solar eclipse.

More than 90% of the sun was covered.

Up to 90% of the sun was covered.

Up to 40% of the sun was covered.

Eclipse was not visible at all.

Note: Percentage values (%) relate to moon coverage of the sun and depends on location. Visibility is weather permitting.

When the Eclipse Happened Worldwide

The eclipse started at one location and ended at another. The times below are actual times (in UTC) when the eclipse occurred.

EventUTC TimeTime in Washington DC*
First location to see partial eclipse beginJan 26 at 4:56 AMJan 25 at 11:56 PM
First location to see full Eclipse beginJan 26 at 6:02 AMJan 26 at 1:02 AM
Maximum EclipseJan 26 at 8:02 AMJan 26 at 3:02 AM
Last location to see full Eclipse endJan 26 at 9:54 AMJan 26 at 4:54 AM
Last location to see partial Eclipse endJan 26 at 11:00 AMJan 26 at 6:00 AM

* Local times shown do not refer to when the eclipse could be observed from Washington DC. Instead, they indicate the times when the eclipse began, was at its max, and ended, somewhere else on earth. The corresponding local times are useful if you wanted to view the eclipse via a live webcam.
Eclipses visible in Washington DC.

Next Annular Solar Eclipse will be on Jan 15, 2010.

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