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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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Path of the Eclipse Shadow

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

Eclipse Shadow Path

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Where the Eclipse Was Seen

Eclipse Path For January 25/26, 2009 Eclipse
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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?

When the Eclipse Happened Worldwide — Timeline

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 the partial eclipse beginJan 26 at 04:56Jan 25 at 11:56 pm
First location to see the full eclipse beginJan 26 at 06:02Jan 26 at 1:02 am
Maximum EclipseJan 26 at 08:02Jan 26 at 3:02 am
Last location to see the full eclipse endJan 26 at 09:54Jan 26 at 4:54 am
Last location to see the partial eclipse endJan 26 at 11:00Jan 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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