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India to witness Partial Solar Eclipse on January 26


ecl-sunThe first solar eclipse of 2009 occurs on January 26th 2009. This eclipse is termed as annular eclipse as it forms a ring shape. The annular eclipse will be visible from a wide track that traverses the Indian Ocean and western Indonesia. A partial eclipse will be seen within the much larger path of the Moon’s shadow, which includes the southern third of Africa, Madagascar, Australia except Tasmania, southeast India, Southeast Asia and Indonesia.

An annular Solar Eclipse will occur on January 26. The partial phase of the eclipse will be visible from the southern part of India, all places in eastern coast, most of north east India, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep.

In general, the partial phases of this annular eclipse are visible from southern Africa, Northwestern Antarctica, Australia, Southeast Asia and Indonesia.

Considering the Earth as a whole, the eclipse will begin at 10:27 hrs Indian Standard Time (IST) when the shadow of the moon first touches the Earth at local sunrise at a point in the South Atlantic Ocean close to Namibia in South of African continent.

The eclipse will ends at 16:31 hrs IST when the Moon’s shadow finally leaves the Earth at local sunset at a point very close to south of Cambodia in the South China Sea.

The next solar eclipse will be the century’s longest duration total solar eclipse which will occur on July 22, 2009. The path of the totality of the eclipse will pass through India.

Apart from this, there would be 4 lunar eclipses and a total solar eclipse in 2009 and the details are given in the table below.

Eclipse Name Date of visibility
Lunar Eclipse Feb 09 2009
Lunar Eclipse July 07 2009
total Solar Eclipse July 22 2009
Lunar Eclipse August 06 2009
Partial Lunar Eclipse December 31 2009

Source : NASA

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