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January 15, 2010 — Annular Solar Eclipse

An annular solar eclipse on January 15, 2010 marks the first of four eclipses throughout the year. This eclipse is visible from a track that goes across central Africa, the Indian Ocean and eastern Asia.

The eclipse’s annular phase lasts for about 11 minutes and eight seconds, which is the longest lasting solar eclipse since the annular solar eclipse on January 4, 1992, which lasted for about 11 minutes and 41 seconds. This duration will not be equaled or exceeded until the annular solar eclipse of December 23, 3043, which is 1033 years ahead of 2010.

Was this Annular Solar Eclipse visible in Washington DC?

What the eclipse looked like near the maximum point

The animation shows what the eclipse approximately looked like near the maximum point.

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Where the eclipse could be seen

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

The eclipse's path

The maximum eclipse point occurs in the middle of the Indian Ocean, but the annular phase can still be seen from either Africa or Asia. People in the towns of Bambari and Bangasou, in the Central African Republic, can witness the annular eclipse at sunrise before it moves towards Uganda. The capital city of Kampala witnesses seven minutes and 39 seconds of annularity but the sun is only 20 degrees above the eastern horizon at the time.

The city of Nakuru, in Kenya, has more than eight minutes of annularity, while from the country’s capital of Nairobi, the annular phase lasts just under six minutes. Annularity crosses southern Somalia before leaving towards the Indian Ocean.

The Maldives witness the eclipse’s annularity for 10 minutes and 44 seconds, before the eclipse moves past south-east Bangladesh and passes the towns of Akyab and Mandalay in Myanmar (Burma). The path then moves to China, where the city of Nanyang witnesses the eclipse for seven minutes and 26 seconds, while Xuzhou sees it for six minutes and 56 seconds. Chongqing, which saw the total solar eclipse of 2009, also witnesses the annular eclipse for seven minutes and 50 seconds.

DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places 1 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places 2 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type 0: 0 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places 3 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type 0: 80180e6e0
Expand cities where annular eclipse was visible
DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type 1 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type 2 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type 3cnt:
    DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=0 cityid=3454 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Bimbo, Central African Republic DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372395328 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Bimbo, Central African Republic
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=1 cityid=694 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Bangui, Central African Republic DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372395456 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Bangui, Central African Republic
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=2 cityid=115 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Kampala, Uganda DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372395584 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Kampala, Uganda
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=3 cityid=3631 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Lira, Uganda DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372395648 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Lira, Uganda
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=4 cityid=4059 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Mbale, Uganda DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372395712 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Mbale, Uganda
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=5 cityid=3512 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Nakuru, Kenya DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372395776 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Nakuru, Kenya
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=6 cityid=170 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Nairobi, Kenya DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372395840 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=7 cityid=3865 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Garissa, Kenya DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372395904 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Garissa, Kenya
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=8 cityid=3998 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Kismayo, Somalia DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372395968 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Kismayo, Somalia
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=9 cityid=715 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Male, Maldives DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372396032 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Male, Maldives
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=10 cityid=1892 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372396096 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=11 cityid=1047 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372396224 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=12 cityid=3262 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Mandalay, Myanmar DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372396288 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Mandalay, Myanmar
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=13 cityid=470 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Chongqing, Chongqing Municipality, China DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372396352 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Chongqing, Chongqing Municipality, China
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=14 cityid=668 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Zhengzhou, Henan, China DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372396416 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Zhengzhou, Henan, China
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=15 cityid=520 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Jinan, Shandong, China DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372396480 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Jinan, Shandong, China
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=16 cityid=669 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Zibo, Shandong, China DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372396544 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Zibo, Shandong, China
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=17 cityid=2184 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Xinyang, Henan, China DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372396608 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Xinyang, Henan, China
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=18 cityid=2187 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Xuzhou, Jiangsu, China DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372396672 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Xuzhou, Jiangsu, China
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=19 cityid=649 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Tsingtao, Shandong, China DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372396736 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Tsingtao, Shandong, China
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type 3
DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places 4 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type 0: 80180ea08
Expand cities where partial eclipse was visible
DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type 1 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type 2 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type 3cnt:
    DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=0 cityid=3455 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Berbérati, Central African Republic DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372396800 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Berbérati, Central African Republic
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=1 cityid=52 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Bujumbura, Burundi DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372396928 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Bujumbura, Burundi
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=2 cityid=119 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Kigali, Rwanda DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372396992 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Kigali, Rwanda
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=3 cityid=174 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Ndjamena, Chad DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372397056 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Ndjamena, Chad
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=4 cityid=267 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Yaoundé, Cameroon DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372397120 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Yaoundé, Cameroon
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=5 cityid=3630 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Gulu, Uganda DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372397184 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Gulu, Uganda
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=6 cityid=2171 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Juba, South Sudan DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372397248 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Juba, South Sudan
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=7 cityid=71 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Dar es Salaam, Tanzania DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372397312 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=8 cityid=160 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Mogadishu, Somalia DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372397440 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Mogadishu, Somalia
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=9 cityid=734 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Victoria, Seychelles DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372397504 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Victoria, Seychelles
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=10 cityid=3555 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Kulhudhuffushi, Maldives DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372397568 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Kulhudhuffushi, Maldives
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=11 cityid=1925 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte, Sri Lanka DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372397696 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte, Sri Lanka
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=12 cityid=176 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=New Delhi, Delhi, India DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372397824 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • New Delhi, Delhi, India
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=13 cityid=54 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Kolkata, West Bengal, India DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372397888 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Kolkata, West Bengal, India
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=14 cityid=73 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Dhaka, Bangladesh DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372397952 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=15 cityid=208 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Yangon, Myanmar DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372398016 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Yangon, Myanmar
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=16 cityid=28 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Bangkok, Thailand DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372398080 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=17 cityid=95 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Hanoi, Vietnam DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372398144 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Hanoi, Vietnam
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=18 cityid=33 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Beijing, Beijing Municipality, China DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372398208 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Beijing, Beijing Municipality, China
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=19 cityid=102 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Hong Kong, Hong Kong DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372398272 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type 3
DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places 5

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

Night

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).

Day

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 15 at 4:04 AMJan 14 at 11:04 PM
First location to see full Eclipse beginJan 15 at 5:12 AMJan 15 at 12:12 AM
Maximum EclipseJan 15 at 7:03 AMJan 15 at 2:03 AM
Last location to see full Eclipse endJan 15 at 8:57 AMJan 15 at 3:57 AM
Last location to see partial Eclipse endJan 15 at 10:06 AMJan 15 at 5:06 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.
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