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Jan 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.

What the eclipse would look like near the maximum point

The animation shows approximately what the eclipse looks like in near the maximum point of the eclipse (weather permitting).

Is this eclipse viewable in Washington DC?


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The animation shows where this annular solar eclipse is visible (white, gray and red shading) as well as day and night (dark “wave” slowly moving across the Earth's surface).

The colors within the shaded area show how much of the Sun's disk the Moon covers during the eclipse. The dark center of the red area shows the best locations to view this eclipse. Here, the Moon moves centrally in front of the Sun without covering it entirely, leaving a bright “ring of fire” that is characteristic of an annular solar eclipse.

In the red area, the Sun is obscured 90 percent or more, in the dark gray area the Moon covers between 25 and 90 percent of the Sun's disk. The white shaded area symbolizes locations where less than 25 percent are covered.

The dark strip in the center indicates the best locations for viewing the eclipse. Here, the Moon moves centrally in front of the Sun.

The eclipse is also visible in the areas that are shaded red, but less of the Sun's disk is obscured. The fainter the red shading the less of the Sun's disk is covered during the eclipse.

Where to see the eclipse

Continents seeing at least a partial eclipse:

Annular eclipse visible in:

Locations near the shadow's path:

Partial eclipse visible in:


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When the eclipse happens worldwide

The eclipse starts at one location and ends at another. The times below are actual times (in UTC) when the eclipse occurs.
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 can be observed from Washington DC. Instead, they indicate the times when the eclipse begins, is at its max, and ends, somewhere else on earth. The corresponding local times are useful if you want to view the eclipse via a live webcam.
Eclipses viewable in Washington DC.

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.

Eclipses during year 2009

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