An annular eclipse of the Sun occurred on Friday 15 January, 2010 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. 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

During this eclipse the Sun was 0.542° in apparent diameter, 1.7% larger than average. The Moon was just 2 days before apogee, making it very small. At maximum eclipse it was 0.498° in apparent diameter, which is 6.2% smaller than average; this was not large enough to cover the Sun, which is why this was an annular eclipse. The statistics page has information on the ranges of the sizes of the Sun and Moon.

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 Goddard Space flight Center: GSFC Eclipse Web SiteGSFC Eclipse Web Site
The primary source of all the information on eclipses presented here at Hermit Eclipse. [NASA Goddard Space flight Center]
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 solar Saros series 141.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 07:06:32 on 15 Jan UT TDT Date/time (max) 07:07:39 on 15 Jan TDT
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
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 147157587 km (1.3%) Moon Distance 405389 km (97.4%)
Sun Diameter 0.542° Moon Diameter 0.491° - 0.498°
Perigee 20:36 on 1 Jan UT Apogee 01:40 on 17 Jan UT
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

Note that while all dates and times on this site (except where noted) are in UT, which is within a second of civil time, the dates and times shown in NASA's eclipse listingsGSFC Eclipse Web Site
The primary source of all the information on eclipses presented here at Hermit Eclipse. [NASA Goddard Space flight Center]
are in the TDT timescale.

The Sun and Moon distances are shown in km, and as a percentage of their minimum - maximum distances; hence 0% is the closest possible (Earth's perihelion, or the Moon's closest possible perigee) and 100% is the farthest (aphelion, the farthest apogee). The statistics page has information on the ranges of sizes of the Sun and Moon.

Data last updated: 2015-06-21 22:11:46 UTC.