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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 Seattle?

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/East 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.

Expand for some cities where annular eclipse was visible
Expand for some cities where partial eclipse was visible

Was this eclipse visible in Seattle?

Eclipse Shadow Path

Portion of Sun covered by the Moon (Eclipse obscuration)

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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 Seattle*
First location to see the partial eclipse beginJan 26 at 04:56:39Jan 25 at 8:56:39 pm
First location to see the full eclipse beginJan 26 at 06:02:40Jan 25 at 10:02:40 pm
Maximum EclipseJan 26 at 07:58:39Jan 25 at 11:58:39 pm
Last location to see the full eclipse endJan 26 at 09:54:40Jan 26 at 1:54:40 am
Last location to see the partial eclipse endJan 26 at 11:00:40Jan 26 at 3:00:40 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. Please note that the local times for Seattle are meant as a guideline in case you want to view the eclipse via a live webcam. They do not mean that the eclipse is necessarily visible there.

Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds.

Eclipses visible in Seattle.

Next Annular Solar Eclipse will be on Jan 15, 2010.

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