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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.

EventUTC TimeTime 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. Please note that the local times for Washington DC 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 Washington DC.

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

Countries Where the Eclipse Is Visible

CountryTypeStartEndAnnularity Duration
Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Annular Solar Eclipse
2:25 pm CCT5:12 pm CCT4m, 54s
Annular Solar Eclipse
3:16 pm WIB5:59 pm WIB16m, 42s
Annular Solar Eclipse
4:29 pm MYT7:00 pm MYT3m, 3s
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
3:23 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
7:38 am CAT9:07 am CAT---
East Timor
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:32 pm WITA7:12 pm TLT---
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 IST4:27 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 CAT9:44 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 SAST10:04 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.) "Annularity duration" gives the time between the start and finish of annularity within the entire country (not at one location).

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