Annular Solar Eclipse on 26 January

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Annular Solar Eclipse on 26 January

After a 10-year solar eclipse drought, we’re fortunate enough to have two solar eclipses for Singapore in the IYA2009 calendar!

The first solar eclipse of 2009 occurs at the Moon's ascending node in western Capricornus. An 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 penumbral shadow, which includes the southern third of Africa, Madagascar, Australia except Tasmania, southeast India, Southeast Asia and Indonesia.

The solar eclipse will occur on the 26th of January, which also happens to be the first day of Chinese New Year. As of right now, there are two sun gazing sessions I am currently aware of.

NUS Astro is organising one in their football field.

Date: 26 January 2009, Monday
Time: 2:30PM to 6:30PM; the Moon will cover the Sun at about 3.30 pm
Venue: NUS Football Field

Singapore Science Centre will also be having a session at their observatory.

Date: 26 January 2009, Monday
Time: 4:30PM to 7:00PM; time of maximal eclipse 5:49 PM
Venue: The Observatory (at the Omni-Theatre building)

The available data for Singapore is as follows:



View the eclipse animation here.

The global visibility of this solar eclipse is shown in the diagram below:


The animation shown in the diagram below illustrates the motion of the shadow of the Moon at five minute intervals.


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5 Responses

  1. saf says:

    hi can we attend if we’re not NUS astro members? pls reply soon thanks.

  2. HELiX says:

    Sure, it’s open to the public.

  3. saf says:

    even the nus one?

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