An annular eclipse of the Sun occurred on 15 January, 2010 AD UT, lasting from 04:05–10:07 UT. A small annular eclipse covered only 92% of the Sun in a very broad path, 333 km wide at maximum, and lasted 11 minutes and 8 seconds. It was visible from central Africa, across the Indian Ocean, the southern tip of India, and into China. The partial eclipse was visible in eastern Africa, the Middle East, and south and east Asia.

The timings of the phases of the overall eclipse worldwide are as follows. Note that in any particular place it would have been seen for a significantly shorter duration as the shadow moved across the Earth:

Partial eclipse began: 04:05:26 UT
Annular eclipse began: 05:13:54 UT
Maximum eclipse: 07:06:31 UT
Annular eclipse ended: 08:59:01 UT
Partial eclipse ended: 10:07:33 UT

The annular eclipse began over the Central African Republic, then crossed DR Congo, Uganda, Kenya, and the southern end of Somalia. It passed over some of the nortern islets of the Seychelles, then the Maldives. The annular eclipse track passed between India and Sri Lanka, being visible from both countries; then crossed the Bay of Bengal to Myanmar (Burma), being visible also from Bangladesh. It finally passed into China, crossed the country, and finished at the coast of the East China Sea.

Interactive Map

This map shows the visibility of the eclipse. The shaded area saw the annular solar eclipse; however, near the edges of this area, the eclipse was very short. The bold line shows the centre of the path, where the eclipse lasted longest.

Use the zoom controls to zoom in and out; hover your mouse over any point on the centreline to see the time and duration of the eclipse at that point. You can pan and zoom the map to see detail for any part of the eclipse path.

Overview Map

This map sourced from NASA's Eclipse Web Site shows the visibility of the annular solar eclipse. It also shows the broader area in which a partial eclipse was seen. (Click on it for the full-sized version.)

Eclipse Season and Saros Series

This eclipse season contains 2 eclipses:

This was the 23rd eclipse in Saros series 141. The previous eclipse in this series is on 4 Jan, 1992 AD; the next is on 26 Jan, 2028 AD.

The previous eclipse in the Triple Saros is on 14 Dec, 1955 AD; the next is on 17 Feb, 2064 AD.

Eclipse Parameters

Saros Series 141 Number in Series 22
Penumbral Magnitiude Central Magnitiude 0.919
Gamma 0.4002 Path Width (km) 333
Delta T 1m07s Error ± 0m01s (95%)
Penumbral Duration Partial Duration
Total Duration 11m08s
Contact p1 04:05:26 on 15 Jan UT Contact p2
Contact u1 05:13:54 on 15 Jan UT Contact u2 05:21:15 on 15 Jan UT
Max eclipse 07:06:31 on 15 Jan UT
Contact u3 08:51:38 on 15 Jan UT Contact u4 08:59:01 on 15 Jan UT
Contact p3 Contact p4 10:07:33 on 15 Jan UT

The TD Date/Time of this eclipse (as shown in NASA's eclipse listings) is 07:07:39 on 15 Jan TDT.