An annular eclipse of the Sun occurred on 15 January, 2010 AD 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 eclipse are as follows:
|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.
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.
This map shows the visibility of the eclipse. The shaded area will see the annular solar eclipse; however, near the edges of this area, the eclipse will be very short. The bold line shows the centre of the path, where the eclipse will last longest, so this is where you want to be if possible.
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.
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 will be seen. (Click on it for the full-sized version.) EclipseMaps/2010_01_15.gif
|Saros Series||141||Saros Number||22|
|Penumbral Magnitiude||Central Magnitiude||0.919|
|Gamma||0.4002||Path Width (km)||333|
|Delta T||67||Penumbral Duration|
|Partial Duration||Total Duration||11 minutes and 8 seconds|
|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.