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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.

What the eclipse will look like near the maximum point

The animation shows what the eclipse approximately looks like near the maximum point of the eclipse


Where to see the eclipse

Regions seeing 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.

Is this eclipse visible in New York?

Example cities where annular eclipse is visible
Example cities where partial eclipse is visible

Solar Eclipse Path

Area seeing the annular solar eclipse.

More than 90% of the sun is covered.

Up to 90% of the sun is covered.

Up to 40% of the sun is covered.

Eclipse is not visible at all.

Shades of darkness

Night

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

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

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

Day

Area seeing the annular solar eclipse.

More than 90% of the sun is covered.

Up to 90% of the sun is covered.

Up to 40% of the sun is covered.

Eclipse is 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 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 New York*
First location to see partial eclipse beginJan 15 at 4:05 AMJan 14 at 11:05 PM
First location to see full Eclipse beginJan 15 at 5:14 AMJan 15 at 12:14 AM
Maximum EclipseJan 15 at 7:05 AMJan 15 at 2:05 AM
Last location to see full Eclipse endJan 15 at 8:59 AMJan 15 at 3:59 AM
Last location to see partial Eclipse endJan 15 at 10:07 AMJan 15 at 5:07 AM

* Local times shown do not refer to when the eclipse can be observed from New York. 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.
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