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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.

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What the Eclipse Looked Like Near the Maximum Point

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Where the Eclipse Was Seen

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Path of the Eclipse Shadow

Regions that saw, at least, a partial eclipse: South/East Asia, Australia, South in 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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Eclipse Shadow Path

Portion of Sun covered by the Moon (Eclipse obscuration)






The dark areas symbolize night and twilight.

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. This calculation uses a Delta T value of 65.8 seconds.

Eclipse Stages WorldwideUTC TimeLocal Time in Washington DC*
First location to see the partial eclipse beginJan 26 at 04:56:36Jan 25 at 11:56:36 pm
First location to see the full eclipse beginJan 26 at 06:02:41Jan 26 at 1:02:41 am
Maximum EclipseJan 26 at 07:58:37Jan 26 at 2:58:37 am
Last location to see the full eclipse endJan 26 at 09:54:40Jan 26 at 4:54:40 am
Last location to see the partial eclipse endJan 26 at 11:00:40Jan 26 at 6:00:40 am

* These local times do not refer to a specific location but indicate the beginning, peak, and end of the eclipse on a global scale, each line referring to a different location. This eclipse isn't visible in Washington DC.

Upcoming eclipses visible in Washington DC

Next Annular Solar Eclipse will be on Jan 15, 2010

Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds

Countries Where the Eclipse Is Visible

CountryTypeStart of EclipseEnd of Eclipse
Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Annular Solar Eclipse
2:25 pm CCT5:12 pm CCT
Annular Solar Eclipse
3:16 pm WIB5:59 pm WIB
Annular Solar Eclipse
4:29 pm MYT7:00 pm MYT
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:05 am WAT9:13 am CAT
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:59 pm NZDT2:24 pm MAWT
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:56 pm AWDT7:26 pm AWDT
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:16 pm BST4:42 pm BST
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:22 pm IST3:42 pm IST
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:00 am SAST9:41 am SAST
British Indian Ocean Territory
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:30 pm IOT4:27 pm IOT
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:40 pm MYT6:33 pm MYT
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:46 pm ICT6:00 pm ICT
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:01 pm CST6:51 pm CST
Christmas Island
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:11 pm CXT5:44 pm CXT
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:23 am EAT11:11 am EAT
Congo Democratic Republic
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:38 am WAT9:07 am CAT
East Timor
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:32 pm WITA6:12 pm WITA
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:08 am SAST9:58 am SAST
French Southern Territories
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:29 am TFT2:38 pm TFT
Hong Kong
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:07 pm HKT6:09 pm HKT
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:04 pm IST4:28 pm IST
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:06 pm JST6:28 pm JST
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:53 pm ICT5:56 pm ICT
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:03 am SAST9:54 am SAST
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:07 pm CST6:10 pm CST
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:29 am EAT12:00 noon EAT
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:35 am CAT9:45 am CAT
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:00 pm MVT3:31 pm MVT
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:09 am 2:52 pm
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:21 am EAT11:19 am EAT
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:48 pm CHUT6:48 pm CHUT
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:09 am SAST10:05 am CAT
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:13 pm MMT5:29 pm MMT
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:57 am CAT9:32 am SAST
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:44 pm 6:26 pm
Papua New Guinea
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:38 pm PGT6:03 pm WIT
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:43 pm 6:17 pm
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:02 am RET1:26 pm RET
Saint Helena
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:40 am GMT7:18 am GMT
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:57 am SCT1:21 pm SCT
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:29 pm SGT6:57 pm SGT
South Africa
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:57 am SAST10:18 am SAST
South Georgia/Sandwich Is.
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:44 am GST5:23 am GST
Sri Lanka
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:58 pm IST4:15 pm IST
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:04 pm CST5:47 pm CST
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:12 am CAT9:21 am CAT
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:36 pm ICT6:00 pm ICT
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:43 pm ICT6:00 pm ICT
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:15 am CAT9:22 am CAT
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:12 am CAT9:48 am CAT

All times shown in this table are local time. (Note: more than one time zone is listed.)

How Many People Can See This Eclipse?

Number of People Seeing...Number of People*Fraction of World Population
Any part of the eclipse2,000,000,00029.05%
At least 10% partial933,000,00013.53%
At least 20% partial677,000,0009.83%
At least 30% partial480,000,0006.96%
At least 40% partial403,000,0005.85%
At least 50% partial338,000,0004.90%
At least 60% partial258,000,0003.75%
At least 70% partial202,000,0002.94%
At least 80% partial92,100,0001.34%
Totality or annularity15,800,0000.23%

* The number of people refers to the resident population (as a round number) in areas where the eclipse is visible. timeanddate has calculated these numbers using raw population data provided by the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) at Columbia University. The raw data is based on population estimates from the year 2000 to 2020.

An Eclipse Never Comes Alone!

A solar eclipse always occurs about two weeks before or after a lunar eclipse.

Usually, there are two eclipses in a row, but other times, there are three during the same eclipse season.

All eclipses 1900 — 2199

This is the first eclipse this season.

Second eclipse this season: February 9, 2009 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse